Some Salient Features of RTI Act 2005::::
The Act, in brief, provides for following matters :
What is Right to Information Act?
The Government of India has enacted `Right to Information Act 2005` 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 any public authority.
What does Right to Information mean?
It means the right to information accessible under this Act, which is held by, or under the control of any public authority to keep these authorities accountable and transparent by inspecting their work. It includes the right to:- 1. inspect works, documents and records.
2. take notes, extracts or certified copies of documents or records.
3. take certified samples of materials
4. obtain information in form of printouts, diskettes, floppies, tape, video cassettes or in any other electronic mode or through printouts.
The Information which is exempted from Disclosure
The Act provides under Sections 8 and 9, certain categories of information that are exempted from disclosure to the citizens. The public may also refer to the related sections of the Act before submitting a request for information.
Who can ask for Information?
Any citizen can request for information by making an application in writing or through electronic means in English / Hindi / official language of the areas, in which the application is being made together with the prescribed fees.
Who will give information?
Public Information Officers (PIOs) are officers designated by the public authorities in all administrative units or offices under it to provide information to the citizens requesting for information under the act. Any officer, whose assistance has been sought by the PIO for the proper discharge if his or her duties, shall render all assistance and for the purpose of contraventions of the provisions of this Act, such other officer shall be treated as a PIO.
The Structure of Public Information Officers in JREDA:::
|Shri Bijay Kumar Sinha
Project Director, JREDA
|First Applet Officer|
|Shri Mukesh Prasad
Electrical Executive Engineer, JREDA.
|Public Information Officer|