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 IS RIGHT TO INFORMATION?
The right to information includes an access
to the information which is held by or under the control of any public authority
and includes the right to inspect the work, document, records, taking notes, extracts
or certified copies of documents/records and certified samples of the materials
and obtaining information which is also stored in electronic form.
THE INFORMATION WHICH IS EXEMPT FROM DISCLOSURE
The Act provides under Sections 8 and 9,
certain categories of information that are exempt from disclosure to the citizens.
The public may also refer to the relative 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
language, in which the application is being made together with the prescribed fees.
WHO WILL GIVE INFORMATION?
Any public authority would designate Central
Asst. Public Information Officer (CAPIO) at various levels, who will receive the
requests for information from the public and necessary number of Central Public
Information Officers (CPIO) in all administrative units/ office who will arrange
for providing necessary information to the public as permitted under the law. The
public authorities are also required to designate authority(ies) senior in rank
to CPIO, as Appellate Authorities, who will entertain and dispose off appeals against
the decision of the CPIO as required under the Act. Any person who does not receive
the decision from CPIO wither by way of information or rejection within the time
frame, may within 30 days from the expiry of period prescribed for furnishing the
information or 30 days from the date of receipt of the decisions, prefer an appeal
to the Appellate Authority.
in view provisions of the RTI Act, the structure of the Public information officers
& Appellate Authorities
for our Bank is as under as per terms of Sec. 4 of the RTI Act.