KNC501/KNC601 Constitution of India, Law and Engineering
Chapter 15: Regulation to Information
Right to Information Act, 2005
Important Features of Right to Information Act, 2005
- All citizens possess the right to information
- The term Information includes any mode of information in any form of record, document, e-mail, circular, press release, contract sample or electronic data etc.
- Rights to information covers inspection of work, document, record and its certified copy and information in form of diskettes, floppies, tapes, video cassettes in any electronic mode or stored information in computer etc.
- Applicant can obtain Information within 30 days from the date of request in a normal case
- Information can be obtained within 48 hours from time of request. If it is a matter of life or liberty of a person.
- Every public authority is under obligation to provide information on written request or request by electronic means.
- Certain information is prohibited. Restrictions made for third party information Appeal against the decision of the Central Information Commission or State Information Commission can be made to an officer who is senior in rank.
- Penalty for refusal to receive an application for information or for not providing information is Rs. 250/- per day but the total amount of penalty should not exceed Rs. 25,000/-.
- Central Information Commission and State Information Commission are to be constituted by the Central Government and the respective State Governments.
- No Court can entertain any suit, application or other proceedings in respect of any order made under the Act.