Democracy requires an informed citizenry and transparency of information which are vital to it's functioning and also to contain corruption and to hold Governments and their instrumentalities accountable to the governed.
- Right to Information Act 2005
An Act to provide for setting out the practical regime of right to information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of public authorities, in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority, the constitution of a Central Information Commission and State Information Commissions and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
Procedure: Applications can be submitted in writing, with prescribed fee of Rs. 10/-, directly to the concerned Public Information Officer (PIO).
The citizen will be issued a receipt on submission of the application containing application no., date, and details of the concerned PIOs.
The Act envisages PIO in each department /agency to receive requests and provide information. At sub-district levels assistant PIO receive applications / appeals / complaints and forward it to appropriate PIO.
Information sort by the citizen is to be provided within 30 days, 48 hours where life or liberty is involved, 35 days where request is given to Asst. PIO, 40 days where third party is involved and 45 days for human rights violation information from listed security/ intelligence agencies.
Time taken for calculation and intimation of fees excluded from the time frame.