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


RTI application was filed to know the action taken on the complaint filed by the appellant - CIC: The UGC should give a categorical reply as to how the complaint was dealt with; Take assistance u/s 5(4) from the concerned section & provide complete detail     Right to Information Act 2005    The guidelines etc. regarding the appointment of Postmaster as CAPIO in post offices & responsibilities - CIC: PIO is not bound to give hard copies of the documents when the information is available in public domain on the website of the public authority     Right to Information Act 2005    CIC: The FAA should have examined the contents of the first appeal and realised that the reply of the PIO was not received by the appellant - CIC: The IPO was not addressed in the name of the Accounts officer as prescribed under the RTI Rules; No relief     Right to Information Act 2005    CIC: Information pertaining to Points 01 to 04 of the RTI application remained unattended; Secretary, MoH&FW, to depute an officer to furnish reply; Convene periodic seminars to sensitize the concerned officials about the provisions of the RTI Act     Right to Information Act 2005    Appellant sought information related to M/s JSW Steel Ltd - PIO: The data is spread over 4600 pages - CIC: Appellant may avail opportunity of inspection offered - CIC: Provide hyper-links of the website where the information can be located     Right to Information Act 2005    Information pertaining to complaint lodged by SAMEER Employees’ Association against the Ex-Director - CIC: PIO, Min. of Electronics and Information Technology to collect the information from SAMEER regarding the further action taken and provide it     Right to Information Act 2005    Vijai Sharma and K V Chowdary appointed as CIC and CVC respectively     Right to Information Act 2005    Is the Mysore Police Commissioner’s office coming up without plan approval?     Right to Information Act 2005    No action taken against the illegal massage parlours or spas in Goa     Right to Information Act 2005    Are there norms about the fee a school should charge and the facilities it offers?     Right to Information Act 2005    There is only 1 primary health centre per 28 villages of UP     Right to Information Act 2005    Services of all OSDs / Consultants terminated by Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai     Right to Information Act 2005    Electoral Bonds have become the preferred route for corporates and individuals making large donations     Right to Information Act 2005    Office of the Chief Justice of India is covered under the ambit of the RTI Act     Right to Information Act 2005    Government notifies amendment to RTI Rules in respect of the Information Commissioners     Right to Information Act 2005   
FAQ

Can any action be taken against a PIO if he has provided excess information or under information?

Under section 21 of the Act, no legal proceeding shall lie against any PIO for anything that is done or intended to be done in good faith. This provides for a fair degree of protection to the PIO and there shall be no penalty if he can prove that he has acted in good faith.

The term ‘good faith’ has not been defined in the RTI Act. One may refer to the General Clauses Act, 1897, or the Limitation Act, 1908, to arrive at the definition.

For an act to be done in ‘good faith’:

    u   the state of mind of the officer should be indicating honesty and lawfulness of purpose, and

    u   due care and attention should be exercised.

The rule of the thumb which all the PIOs may follow is to provide all the information sought by an applicant, unless it is specifically exempt from disclosure under the Act.