Right to Information Act – Right to Information means the statutory right of a citizen of India to seek information from Government and Public Sector offices, institutions and non-government organisations which are situated in India and are owned, controlled or substantially financed by funds provided directly or indirectly by the Central Government or State Government, regarding their functions and activities. It also 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 the form of disketters, floppies, tapes, video cassettes or in any other electronic mode or through printouts where such information is stored in a computer or in any other device.
Objectives of Right to Information Act 2005
The basic objective of Right to Information Act is to empower the citizens, promote transparency and accountability in the working of the Government, contain corruption and make the democracy work for the people in real sense. Thus, this Act was passed with the following objectives:
- To provide for setting out practical regime of right to information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of public authorities.
- To promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority.
- To set up Central Information Commission and State Information Commission for the matters concerned therewith.
- To contain corruption and to hold governments and their instrumentalities accountable to the governed.
- To harmonise revelation of information with public interests including efficient operations of the governments, optimum use of limited fiscal resources and the preservation of confidentiality of sensitized information.
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