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Right to Information Act

  1. 1. Right To Information Act S
  2. 2. Introduction Amara Bandukada S
  3. 3. To promote transparency and accountability in administration, the Indian Parliament enacted RTI Act that empowers Indian citizens to seek information from a Public Authority, thus making the Government and its functionaries more accountable and responsible. It also includes information relating to any private body which can be accessed by the public authority under any law for the time being in force. The Act extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
  4. 4. Information is any material in any form. It includes : Records or documents. Memos. E-mails. Opinions & advices. Press releases Circulars & orders. Logbooks & contracts. Reports or papers. Samples. Models. Data material held in any electronic form.
  5. 5. Scopes & Functions of RTI Act Anushree Ambardekar S
  6. 6. The following Governments, Organizations & bodies are covered under RTI and are subject to it :  Central, State and Local Governments.  All bodies owned, controlled or substantially financed by these governments.  NGOs substantially financed directly or indirectly by appropriate government funds.  Executive, Judiciary and legislature wings.  The Act applies to all States and Union Territories of India, except the State of Jammu and Kashmir - which is covered under a State-level RTI law.
  7. 7. The Act specifies that citizens have a right to: • Request any information. • Obtain copies of documents. • Inspect documents, works and records. • Take certified samples of materials of work.
  8. 8. • Obtain copies of permissible governmental documents. • Inspect permissible governmental documents. • Inspect permissible Governmental works and obtain samples
  9. 9. Government’s role in RTI Act Sampurna Chawdhary S
  10. 10. Develop educational programme. Encourage participation of public authorities. Train officers. Compile and disseminate a User Guide. Publish names, designation postal addresses of PIOs.
  11. 11. S Who has the rule making power ? S Who has the power to deal with the difficulties while implementing this act ?
  12. 12. Exclusions in RTI Priscilla Thomas S
  13. 13. • Central Intelligence and Security agencies • Directorate general of Income Tax Investigation • RAW • Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) • Directorate of Revenue Intelligence • Central Economic Intelligence Bureau • Directorate of Enforcement • Narcotics Control Bureau • Aviation Research Centre • Special Frontier Force • BSF, CRPF, ITBP, CISF, NSG • Special Service Bureau • Special Branch (CID) • The Crime Branch-CID-CB
  14. 14.  Provide information pertaining to allegations of corruption and human rights violations.  Confidence from foreign Government  Relating to allegations of human rights  Disclosure of which would cause a breach of privilege of Parliament or the State Legislature  Endanger the life or physical safety of any person for security purposes.  Impede the process of investigation or prosecution of offenders.  Cabinet papers including records of deliberations of the Council of Ministers, Secretaries and other officers.  Disclosure of which would prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of India.
  15. 15. Impacts Ayush Parekh S
  16. 16. Impacts of RTI on Indian Society : o Greater Transparency. o Citizen-centric approach to o o o o development. Democratization of information and knowledge. Reduction in Corruption. Promotion of citizengovernment partnership. Greater Accountability.
  17. 17. Access to Information in India  Cheap: Fee for information: Rs.10, nil for BPL.  Simple: Application on a white paper.  Quick : Response within 30 days in normal case, within 48 hours for life & liberty considerations.  No need to give reason for seeking information.  Officer in every department to provide
  18. 18. Conclusion Amara Bandukada S
  19. 19. • We can conclude that RTI has benefited a lot of poor and underprivileged people to acquire information easily. • It saves a lot of time than compared to before. • It also makes the people aware that they have a legal right to get information about anything in any form.