The Right To Information Act – 2005

1. WHAT IS RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT 2005?

The Government of India has enacted "The Right to Information Act 2005 "which has come into effect w.e.f. 12.10.2005 to provide for setting out the practical regime of right to information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of Public Authorities in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of Public authorities.

2. WHAT DOES RIGHT TO INFORMATION MEAN?

It includes the right to access to the information which is held by or under the control of any public authority and includes the right to inspect the works, documents, records, take notes, extracts or certified copies of documents or records and take certified samples of the materials and obtain information in the form of printouts diskettes, floppies, tapes, video cassettes or in any other electronic mode or through printouts.

3. WHO CAN ASK FOR INFORMATION?

Subject to the provisions of the Act, all citizens have the right to information. Since as per the Act information can be furnished only to citizens of India , the applicant for request will have to give citizen status. The applicant for request should also give contact details (postal address, telephone number, Fax number, email address)

4. WHICH INFORMATION IS EXEMPT FROM DISCLOSURE?

The Act provides under Sections 8 and 9, certain categories of information that are exempt from disclosure to the citizens. The citizens may therefore, refer to the aforesaid sections of the Act before submitting a request for information.

5. PROCEDURE FOR REQUEST FOR INFORMATION :

A request seeking information shall be made to Central Public Information Officer in writing or through electronic means in English or Hindi or in the Official Language of the area in which application is made, specifying the particulars of information sought for along with the prescribed fee. Reasonable assistance shall be rendered to reduce the oral request to writing.

6. PAYMENT OF PRESCRIBED FEE :

6.1 A request for obtaining information under sub-section (1) of Section 6 shall be accompanied by an application fee of rupees ten by way of cash against proper receipt or by demand draft or bankers cheque payable to the Bank.

6.2 Fee for providing the information under sub-section (4) of Section 4 and sub-section (1) and (5) of section 7 of the Act, shall be charged at the following rates, namely :

  1. rupees two for each page in A-3 or smaller size paper
  2. actual cost or price of a photo copy in large size paper
  3. actual cost or price for samples or models
  4. rupees fifty per diskette or floppy
  5. price fix for a publication or rupees two per page of photo copy for extract from the publication; (no fee for inspection of records for the first hour of inspection and a fee of rupees five for each subsequent hour or fraction thereof
  6. so much of postal charge involved in supply of information that exceeds fifty rupees

6.3 If further fees representing the cost of providing information is determined, then the same will be intimated in writing with calculation details of how the amount has been arrived at.

6.4 Exemption for payment of application fees and cost of expenditure incurred in providing the information in certain cases:- Applicants who are below poverty line are exempted. The information shall be provided free of charge, if the PIO fails to comply with the specified time limit.

7. TIME TO PROVIDE THE INFORMATION :

7.1 Within 48 hours from the receipt of request where the information concerns the life or liberty of a person

7.2 Within 30 days from the receipt of request

7.3 Within 40 days if the interest of a third party is involved

8. PROCESSING OF REQUEST AND GROUNDS FOR REJECTION IN CERTAIN CASES :

The CPIO shall process the request for providing the information and dispose of the same either by providing the information or rejecting the request within the time. Central Public Information Officer may reject a Request for information where such a request for providing access would involve an infringement of copyright subsisting in a person other than the State.

PARTIALDISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION : Access may be provided to that part of the record, which does not contain any information, which is exempt from disclosure, and which can reasonably be severed from any part that contains exempt information.

9. THE STRUCTURE OF CENTRAL PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICERS IN BANK :

9.1 The following officials are designated as Central Public Information Officers :

All Deputy Zonal Managers for respective zones

AGM (Law) and Chief Law Officer,Legal Services Department at H.O for Head Office, Pune

9.2 The following officials are designated as Appellate Authority :
All Zonal Managers for respective zones
The General Manager, Resource Planning, for the Head Office Pune

10. WHAT IF NOT SATISFIED WITH THE DECISION OF THE CPIO OR APPELLATE AUTHORITY?

The applicant has the right to prefer first appeal to the appellate authority of the bank against orders of the CPIO.

The applicant further has the right to prefer second appeal to Central Information Commission appointed in terms of Chapter III of the Act against the orders of Appellate Authority.

 
 
 
 
 
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