Right to Information (RTI)

The Government of India has enacted 'the 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. The basic objective of the Right to Information Act is to empower the citizens, promote transparency and accountability in the working of the Public Authorities, contain corruption, and make our democracy work for the people in real sense. The Right to Information Act will come into force w.e.f. 12th October, 2005. 
Salient Features of the Right to Information Act, 2005 
  • The Act extends to the whole of India except Jammu & Kashmir. 
  • It provides a very definite day for its commencement i.e. 120 days from enactment. 
  • It shall apply to Public Authorities. 
  • All citizens shall have the right to information, subject to provisions of the Act. 
  • The Appellate Officer/Public Information Officers/Assistant Public Information Officers will be responsible to deal with the requests for information and also to assist persons seeking information. 
  • Fee will be payable by the applicant depending on the nature of information sought. 
  • Certain categories of information have been exempted from disclosure under Section 8 and 9 of the Act. 
  • Intelligence and security agencies specified in Schedule II to the Act have been exempted from the ambit of the Act, subject to certain conditions. 
Appellate Officer: Prof. Ganesh Lokhande 
Member: Prof. Anand Takalgaonkar 
Member: Prof. Pallavi Lehekar