A one stop destination for all Right to Information (RTI) matters

CIC: Puducherry Police Welfare Society is a ‘public authority’ as it is an ‘authority or institution of ‘self government’ constituted or established by notification or order issued by the appropriate Govt.; it is also controlled by the appropriate Govt.     Right to Information Act 2005    Information regarding her interview taken by Gateway Terminal of India Company was sought by a Project affected person - PIO: GTIPL is a private organization that it is working with the respondent authority on PPP basis - CIC: Denial of information upheld     Right to Information Act 2005    Information regarding a particular Letter of Credit was denied by MMTC claiming it as commercial information of third party held by them in fiduciary capacity - CIC: the plea of public interest at the appeal stage was an unsubstantiated afterthought     Right to Information Act 2005    Appellant asked for copy of complaint filed against him by his wife to police & the inquiry report - PIO denied it u/s 8(1)(g) claiming that disclosure may endanger the life or physical safety of the appellant’s wife - CIC: provide the information     Right to Information Act 2005    CIC took a serious view of the callous attitude adopted by the PIO who did not attend the hearing despite being put on notice - CIC directed the FAA to call for the explanation of the PIO for not providing the information & for not attending the hearing     Right to Information Act 2005    Information regarding recovery suit b a bank was denied u/s 8(1)(e) & (j) - FAA added that u/s 13 of Banking Companies (Acquisition & Transfer of Undertaking) Act, 1970, secrecy & fidelity of customer’s account has to be maintained - CIC: denial upheld     Right to Information Act 2005    Maharashtra Governor directs to withdraw the notification exempting ACB     Right to Information Act 2005    The Punjab and Haryana high court issues notices to the Haryana government & former CM     Right to Information Act 2005    Kerala High Court directs the PIO to pay a litigation cost to the RTI applicant     Right to Information Act 2005    Just 2.5 % of RTI applicants are below poverty line     Right to Information Act 2005    Over 400 Lok Sabha members have not declared their assets and liabilities to the secretariat     Right to Information Act 2005    Government calls for application for the post of Chief Information Commissioner at CIC     Right to Information Act 2005    Criteria for marking official records 'Top Secret', 'Secret' and 'Confidential' made public     Right to Information Act 2005    PIO’s work does not end with mere transfer of RTI application     Right to Information Act 2005    Shouldn’t Madras High Court also review its RTI Fee Rules?     Right to Information Act 2005   
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Who are we?

We are a group of professionals who have keenly observed the RTI Act, 2005 from its conceptualization stage and have been actively involved in spreading its awareness amongst all sections of the society. We are pioneers in providing excellent quality literature in the field of RTI and have now come up with a portal to bridge the gaps that exist between the intention and interpretation of the RTI Act. We shall be providing critical information, analyses, expert viewpoints, editorials and related news on developments related to the Act. Over the years, the RTI Act has witnessed a dramatic rise in usage and therefore, a need has been felt for an easily accessible dynamic medium which can present the interpretation of law and the current happenings to all. This site intends to fill this vacuum.

We undertake interactive awareness programs to promote the use of RTI Act in all fields. We indulge in dissemination of information through lectures, seminars, distribution of literature and other help to a citizen. These programs range from creating a basic level of awareness and extend to giving a thorough knowledge of the Act. RTI Act should not be restricted to merely seeking or obtaining information and a more innovative use of the Act helps in creating an environment where all citizens can work in harmony for the progress of the nation.

Bureaucrats are not born from nowhere – they come from the society and no doubt, are a part and parcel of it. Just as the clap requires two hands, an applicant and a Public Information Officer have to work in unison for the success of the RTI Act. Our training programs focus on bringing a better perception of the legislation among the officers who are implementing the Act while discussing their role and responsibilities. A strong stress on the Pro-active disclosure by the authorities is foremost in our strategy which not only avoids work-load of applications for a PIO due to availability of information in the public domain, but prevents the inconvenience of filing an application by the citizen. We specialize in conducting workshops and training programs for the public servants with examples from real life situations. We believe that True democracy is not possible until the majesty of the individual Citizen is recognized by giving due respect to the rights of the individual Citizen. Till the power is put directly into the hands of the foundation of democracy - the Citizen, who can use it without the necessity of being a part of a group or association - participative democracy is not possible. We feel privileged to be a part of the learning curve of a citizen as he realizes how he can single handedly have an impact on governance structure.

We encourage the use of RTI in all spheres like environment, public health, education, women and child welfare etc with emphasis on making the RTI Act a success wherein both the applicant and the public authorities are common stakeholders.