Many of us think that we can ask everything from government under Right to Information Act, 2005, but that is not correct. RTI Act, 2005 clearly defines “information”, and puts some limitation on the type of information we can ask. Thus, it is important to understand what is RTI Information? What information can be given under RTI?
Understanding Right to Information Act 2005 is not a simple task for a layman. Many citizens do not file RTI Application because they do not understand the RTI Act. This Act is very effective tool in the hand of citizen to bring transparency and accountability in the working of government. This article is an effort to simplify the Act through flow chart to enable every citizen to understand Right to Information Act 2005. After reading this article you will understand all procedures involved in getting information through Right to Information Act 2005.
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“Right to know” is considered a basic human right. Freedom of information as a part of freedom of speech and expression owes its origin in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948. Constitution of India adopted this principle under Article 19(1)(a) at the time of its inception. Thus Right to Information is an inherent right under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution. Honorable Supreme Court of India has decided and confirmed the same in various cases. I have provided in this article excerpts of few important supreme court judgements on right to information act. » Read more
Though there is no direct provision for RTI (Right to Information) in the Constitution of India, there is strong constitutional basis of RTI. Honorable Supreme Court of India has interpreted various articles of constitution that Right to Information is inherent in constitution of India. I have provided in this article various judicial interpretation that shows inherent RTI in Indian Constitution.
There is long history of RTI Act 2005 in India. It took a lot of effort and time to make RTI (Right to Information) a reality for citizen. There were many existing rules contrary to the right to information. Let me provide you various challenges and events in the evolution of RTI in India. » Read more