According to this right “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.”
By this People of India have every right to know how the government is functioning and how their money is being used. This is what the Right to Information is meant to do.
RTI stands for Right To Information and has been given the status of a fundamental right under Article 19(1) of the Constitution. Article 19 (1) under which every citizen has freedom of speech and expression and have the right to know how the government works, what role does it play, what are its functions and so on.
In every Government Department – whether State or Central Department – one or more officers have been designated as Public Information Officers (PIOs). The PIO acts as the nodal officer for the implementation of Right to Information in that Department. He is supposed to receive applications from the people, collect information from that Department and then provide that information to the applicant. In case, one has been denied any information that he/she asked for, he/she may file Appeal/Complaint before the Central Information Commission (CIC). Currently there are seven Information Commissioner and Shri Satyananda Mishra is the Chief Information Commissioner.
The Act empowers applicant citizens to:
- Obtain copies of permissible governmental documents.
- Inspect permissible governmental documents.
- Inspect permissible Governmental works and obtain samples.
For filing a RTI there is an “application fee”. For Central Government Departments, it is Rs.10. However, different states have different fees and there is concession for reserved candidates and BPL.
A nominal amount of fees is charged for providing the information, according to the information and resources required for that. If further fees are required, then the same must be intimated in writing with calculation details of how the figure was arrived at;. U/s 7(1) of the Act. Time limit for information providing is thirty days and period starts from the day the request for information is received by the CPIO. 48 hours for information concerning the life and liberty of a person.
Ground for Rejection
1. If it is covered by exemption from disclosure. (S.8), like CBI, RAW, CEIB,NCB,BSF etc.
2. If it infringes copyright of any person other than the State. (S.9)
(Reference:http://rti.india.gov.in/ ,rtiindia, socialjustice.nic.in)