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Right to Information in India

  • Date Submitted: 05/13/2014 03:31 AM
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PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICERS UNDER RTI ACT:
A. Public Authority:
A "public authority" is any authority or body or institution of self government established or constituted by or under the Constitution; or by any other law made by the Parliament or a State Legislature; or by notification issued or order made by the Central Government or a State Government. The bodies owned, controlled or substantially financed by the Central Government or a State Government and non-Government organisations substantially financed by the Central Government or a State Government also fall within the definition of public authority. The financing of the body or the NGO by the Government may be direct or indirect.
Public authorities have designated some of its officers as Public Information Officer. They are responsible to give information to a person who seeks information under the RTI Act.
The Act gives State Information Commission or Central Information Commission, as the case may be, an important role in developing the system and mechanism for the disclosure and dissemination of information by considering the public interest and the necessity of right to know. They are given wide discretion and they are expected to ensure the transparency and to be liberal in interpreting the provisions of the Act in favour of disclosure than concealment.
B. Information Commissioners:
A. Central Information Commissioner.
B. State Information Commissioner.
Central Information Officer:
The Central Government shall, by notification in the Official Gazette, constitute a body to be known as the Central Information Commission to exercise the powers conferred on, and to perform the functions assigned to, it under this Act.
Composition:
CIC shall consist of the following;
(a) The Chief Information Commissioner; and
(b) Such number of Central Information Commissioners, not exceeding ten, as may be deemed necessary.
The Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners shall be appointed...

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