• About RTI: Right to Information Act 2005 mandates timely response to citizen requests for government information. It is an initiative taken by Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions to provide a– RTI Portal Gateway to the citizens for quick search of information on the details of first Appellate Authorities,PIOs etc. amongst others, besides access to RTI related information / disclosures published on the web by various Public Authorities under the government of India as well as the State Governments. Some provisions have come into force with immediate effect viz. obligations of public authorities [S.4(1)], designation of Public Information Officers and Assistant Public Information Officers[S.5(1) and 5(2)], constitution of Central Information Commission (S.12 and 13), constitution of State Information Commission (S.15 and 16), non-applicability of the Act to Intelligence and Security Organizations (S.24) and power to make rules to carry out the provisions of the Act (S.27 and 28). The Act extends to the whole of India except the State of the State of Jammu and Kashmir . [S.(12)] Meaning Right to Information 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.[S.2(j)]

    Public Information Officers

    Public Information Officers (PIOs) are officers designated by the public authorities in all administrative units or offices under it to provide information to the citizens requesting for information under the Act. Any officer, whose assistance has been sought by the PIO for the proper discharge of his or her duties, shall render all assistance and for the purpose of contraventions of the provisions of this Act, such other officer shall be treated as a PIO.

    Role of Government

    1. Develop educational programmes for the public especially disadvantaged communities on RTI.
    2. Encourage Public Authorities to participate in the development and organization of such programmes.
    3. Promote timely dissemination of accurate information to the public.
    4. Train officers and develop training materials.
    5. Compile and disseminate a User Guide for the public in the respective official language.
    6. Publish names, designation postal addresses and contact details of PIOs and other information such as notices regarding fees to be paid, remedies available in law if request is rejected.