Right to Information Act
The Right to Information Act 2005 comes into force on the 12th October, 2005 and opens new doors for citizens to look into the working of public authorities
Information means any material in any form including records, documents, memos, e-mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material held in any electronic form and information relating to any private body which can be accessed by a public authority under any other law
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 in any other electronic mode or through printouts
This means that any citizen can seek information. You will need to submit an application in prescribed format (see format below) to the concerned state public information officer. The fees involved in seeking information by this means Rs. 10 cash, cheque or demand draft and a court fee of Rs.10. For documents, maps etc, a fixed fee may be charged by the department concerned. These fees are in addition to postal charges.
If the information you seek is readily available to obtain as printouts, photo copies or any of the other ways mentioned above, the seeker will be charged Rs 2 for each page created or copied plus postal charges. If you are carrying information in a floppy the charge is Rs 50, there is no charge for the first hour and only Rs 5 for every fifteen minutes beyond that.
This act will help concerned and active citizens participate, monitor and hopefully even make positive contributions to the city administration by bringing more transparency in the functioning of public offices.
For information (under the RTI Act, 2005) the citizens may approach the Public Information Officer (RTI) of DIT (Hq.) available from 10:00 hrs to 13:00 hrs on each day (except thursday and friday). The Office of PIO (RTI) is located on first floor of the Electronics Niketan (Room No.1016). The information pertaining to DIT is also available on DIT Website (http://www.mit.gov.in) in detailed. Further, the citizens may also approach the PIO (RTI) using email. Two PC's and a photo copier are available in the Office of PIO(RTI) for facilitating quick information to the citizens on request, as per relevant provisions of the RTI Act...
State Information Commission: Mumbai / Maharashtra
The State Information Commission is headed by Chief Information Commissioner Dr. Suresh Joshi.
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