When did it come into force?
It came into force on the 12th October, 2005 (120th day of its enactment on
Who is covered?
The Act extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
What does information mean?
Information means any material in any form including records, documents, memos,
What does Right to Information mean?
It 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
Who are 'Third Parties'?
A third party means a person other than the citizen making a request for information
What is the Application Procedure for requesting information?
Apply in writing or through electronic means in English or Hindi or in the official
Who are Public Information Officers (PIOs)?
PIOs are officers designated by the public authorities in all administrative units or
What are the duties of a PIO?
PIO shall deal with requests from persons seeking information and where the request
What is the time limit to get the information?
30 days from the date of application 48 hours for information concerning the life and liberty of a person 5 days shall be added to the above response time, in case the application for information is given to Assistant Public Information Officer. If the interests of a third party are involved then time limit will be 40 days (maximum period + time given to the party to make representation). Failure to provide information within the specified period is a deemed refusal.
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