What powers does the RTI Act, 2005 provide to a citizen?
Section 3 of the Act defines the purpose of the Act very succinctly as, “Subject to the provisions of this Act, all citizens shall have the right to information.” This Act vests every citizen the right of seeking and obtaining information. It includes the right to: (i) Inspect works, documents, records, (including the office) of any public authority. (ii) Take notes, extracts or certified copies of documents or records. (iii) Take certified samples of material. This includes right to videography. (iv) Obtain information in form of printouts, diskettes, floppies, tapes, video cassettes or in any other electronic mode.