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


Information regarding the assignment of outdoor advertisement rights of various sites under the jurisdiction of DMC & private entities would be protected u/s 8(1)(d) - CIC: Exemption shall cease to apply if the allegations of tax evasion are substantiated     Right to Information Act 2005    PIO: Information regarding supply of ticket of certain denominations in the name of certain individuals was not available - CIC: Provide point-wise information; Show cause notice issued to PIO why maximum penalty should not be imposed against him     Right to Information Act 2005    The PIO submitted that records were not available - CIC: The PIO was directed to submit an affidavit indicating the date of destruction of the said records along with a copy of the order of the competent authority authorising such destruction     Right to Information Act 2005    Information regarding his SB account was sought - PIO: As per the departmental guidelines, the preservation policy of maintaining such forms has been lapsed - CIC directed the respondent authority to provide certified copy of the guidelines     Right to Information Act 2005    No response was given to application seeking information about status of appellant’s PF claim - CIC: This is illegal and blatant denial of information on the lame excuse that the records could not be traced; Penalty of Rs 25,000 imposed on PIO     Right to Information Act 2005    CIC: The assets & liabilities of an employee, which he discloses to his employer in compliance of the Service Rules applicable to him, qualifies as personal information - CIC advised the IT Deptt to consider publishing the IT Act in Telugu Language     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    A critique of the Supreme Court judgment regarding the fee to be charged under the RTI Act     Right to Information Act 2005    Analysis of the Supreme Court Judgment regarding disclosure of Civil Service results by UPSC     Right to Information Act 2005    Analysis of affidavits of candidates contesting in the Nagaland Assembly Elections     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.