The Right to Information Act, 2005, (RTI Act) was enacted on June 15, 2005 and was thereafter amended in 2011. Three sets of rules and regulations have been formulated for the RTI Act – in 2006, 2012 and 2017.
The Act aims to promote the transparency and accountability of public authorities. It does so by giving citizens the right to access information held by those authorities.
The RTI Act has two primary methods of promoting transparency. One, citizens can request specific information through an application. And two, public authorities are required to suo moto (on their own) disclose information about their working and decision-making.