August 31, 2012
Introduction: The Right to Information Act, 2005 (“the Act”) came into force on 12th October 2005. The main objectives of this Act is to ensure greater and more effective access to information, maintain transparency and to improve accountability in the working of the public departments both Central and State. The Act extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Right to Information: The Act defines “right to information” as the right to access information which is held or is under the control of a public authority [Sec. 2 (j)]. Right to information means, the right to access and obtain information held by a public authority as accessible under the Act and includes the right to —
- inspect works, documents, records.
- take notes, extracts or certified copies of documents or records.
- take certified samples of material.
- obtain information in form of printouts, diskettes, floppies, tapes, video cassettes or in any other electronic mode or through printouts.
- by or under the Constitution;
- by any other law made by the Parliament;
- by any other law made by the State legislature;
- by notification issued or order made by the appropriate Government, and includes any –
- body owned, controlled or substantially financed;
- non-government organization substantially financed, directly or indirectly by funds provided by the appropriate Government.