A one stop destination for all Right to Information (RTI) matters
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A one stop destination for all Right to Information (RTI) matters
Imported product was released on payment of penalty charges - CIC: In the First Appeal memo, there was no mention that the appellant wanted personal hearing - CIC is not an appropriate forum for claiming any refund which was paid as some demurrage charges     Right to Information Act 2005    Information about the HRM quota admission in the KV - CIC: Provide the total number the students who were admitted under HRM quota for the academic year; CIC directed the PIO to hyperlink of the website where the sought for information is available     Right to Information Act 2005    CCTV footage could not be provided as the CCTV camera installed at the main gate was not working at the relevant time - FAA: RTI is only forum to get available information and PIO is not supposed to create information - CIC: No denial of information     Right to Information Act 2005    Certified copy of a fact-finding report and action taken was denied u/s 11(e) - CIC: FAA has also failed to point out the sheer ignorance of the PIO and has rather upheld the reply of the PIO invoking Section 8(1)(h); CIC severely admonished the PIO     Right to Information Act 2005    Information about any fraudulent measures noticed in issuing a particular Aadhar card was denied - Appellant: Sec 8(1)(j) is not applicable as the address mentioned in the Aadhar card is his property - CIC is not the appropriate forum to examine the case     Right to Information Act 2005    Certified copy of Seniority Roll for promotion of Chargeman was denied citing absence of larger public interest - CIC: Conduct of the PIO amounts to a gross violation of the RTI Act provisions; Section 11 is a procedural provision, not an exemption clause     Right to Information Act 2005    Vijai Sharma and K V Chowdary appointed as CIC and CVC respectively     Right to Information Act 2005    Is the Mysore Police Commissioner’s office coming up without plan approval?     Right to Information Act 2005    No action taken against the illegal massage parlours or spas in Goa     Right to Information Act 2005    Are there norms about the fee a school should charge and the facilities it offers?     Right to Information Act 2005    There is only 1 primary health centre per 28 villages of UP     Right to Information Act 2005    Services of all OSDs / Consultants terminated by Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai     Right to Information Act 2005    The PM-KISAN Yojana require the proactive disclosure of the list of beneficiaries in every gram panchayat     Right to Information Act 2005    PM-KISAN beneficiary data gives opportunity to examine the situation of farmers     Right to Information Act 2005    HC: Penalty proceedings u/s 20 for non compliance of the order passed by the SIC     Right to Information Act 2005   
INTRODUCTION

The working of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 over the past few years has shown that distinct subgroups of the users of the Act can be identified. This site is designed basically as an aid to all the stakeholders in the RTI Act keeping their specific needs in mind. It is hoped that a Citizen, a Central or State Public Information Officer (PIO), a Deemed PIO, a First Appellate Authority (FAA), Activists, NGO’s, Public Authorities, Training Institutes, etc. would find the site useful.

WHAT DOES THIS SITE PROVIDE?

 

This site publishes fresh Case Laws on regular basis which provides an insight into how the Information Commission or the Court has dealt with an appeal. The description is in a very simple language like a story to aids the readers in understanding what can be sought and obtained under the RTI Act. The correct interpretation of RTI Act helps in dealing with a given situation and taking an authoritative decision citing the judicial order.

 

The latest news and developments in the field of RTI were earlier presented as Latest Bytes. They provides a glimpse of the ways in which RTI Act has been used by the citizens and how it is shaping our future. One can keep in touch with the recent events / happenings in the RTI arena through this column. This column is now discontinued.

 

Reading material – An effort has been made to present all the study/ reference / legal material – bare Act, rules, circulars, guide books, etc. at the click of the mouse. The plethora of the state fee rules and appeal rules has been made available at a single place. Further, some citizens may enjoy reading the RTI Act in vernacular and comprehend it better. The frequently asked questions for the PIO and applicant would be useful for the readers. The judgments delivered by the High Court and Supreme Court have been compiled for the readers.A link to the different Information Commissions and other organisations has also been provided.

 

A series of Articles are being put on site regularly to enlighten our readers. These articles dissect the issues relating to right to information threadbare and assist in a better comprehension and overall perception of the subject.

 

Comments received from the readers are displayed on the site.

 

WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THE SITE?

 

It is a fact that most users of the RTI Act, 2005 are short of time as their primary work is not RTI, but something else. This web portal looks into the needs of all the stakeholders.

 

For an average citizen, reading the RTI Act and rules for filing an application for seeking information under the RTI Act is a cumbersome exercise. Drafting the application and finding the relevant fee rules may dissuades an applicant from filing an application under the RTI Act. Many citizens are not aware of the possible ways in which the RTI Act can be used and the reading material provides a daily input on the different ways the citizens of this country are using the powers provided under the Act. A reader would know about the different ways in which the RTI Act is made use of by others and can modify it for his own need.

 

There are many instances where a RTI application has been rejected by a Public Information Officer (PIO) or penalty has been imposed on him due to either lack of awareness of the provisions of the RTI Act or their proper appreciation. Usually, the work related to RTI Act is an additional job for most PIOs. An overworked PIO may have difficulty in finding a single location for all his problems related to the RTI applications. This website is an attempt to bridge the gap that exists between intention and interpretation of the RTI Act. It provides critical information, analyses, expert viewpoints, and news on developments related to the RTI Act on a daily basis to the visitors. It would equip the officers and offer solutions to the problems faced by the PIOs so that they may deal with their responsibilities in the RTI regime. A PIO can deal with similar RTI applications by quoting from the case laws for an authoritative disposal.  

 

The obligations of a Public Authority are provided in a capsule form which the Senior Officers of a Public authority would find useful. The site provides regular information about the steps required to be taken to fulfill the commitments under the RTI Act. Training academies may like to recommend this site to their trainees for keeping themselves well-informed in respect of RTI issues.

The RTI activists and NGOs would find a plethora of situations where the RTI Act has been used successfully for social causes which can be simulated elsewhere. The site provides a platform for sharing of views and success stories. Students, lawyers, chartered accountants, doctors, social workers, media, research scholars and other professionals would find the site thought-provoking and interesting.

 

This website does not require any subscription and access is free for everyone. A visit to this site for just 5 to 10 minutes every day would help in overcoming all doubts regarding the Act. We strongly recommend to the readers to make the website as homepage so that whenever an access is made to check the e-mail, one can glance through the contents without making any extra effort to visit the site.

It is requested to spread information about www.rtifoundationofindia.com amongst your colleagues and friends to enable them to make use of the site.It is our endeavour to provide a platform where all RTI matters can be discussed and this site has emerged as a think tank for RTI related issues. A feedback column has been specially provided and we earnestly look forward to your comments.

 

RTI Foundation is a NGO working in the field of RTI and organises trainings and seminars as per the requirements of the user organisation based on examples from real life situations. Study material for the organisations for their specific needs is also provided.Our editorial team also responds to the queries raised by the visitors and consultancy projects in the field of RTI are taken up. We guide the public authorities in the field of pro-active disclosure and dissemination of information.

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