Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI)

The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI) was assented by the President of India on 15.6.2005 and notified on 21.6.2005. Some of the Sections of the Act, namely, Sections 4(1), 5(1) & (2)] 12,13,15,16,24,27 & 28 relating to obligations of Public Authorities for maintenance and computerization of record/information, designation of Public Information Officers (CPIO), Constitution of Central Information Commission and State information Commission, exclusion of certain organization etc. came into force immediately. The remaining provision of the RTI Act came into force on the 120 of its enactment i.e. 12th October 2005.

 

In compliance of the RTI Act the Department has designated CPIOs and CAPIO. The respective PSUs under the administrative control of the Department have been directed to ensure compliance of the RTI Act. Some of the important steps taken by the Department in compliance of the Act are -

 

Created a separate link for RTI Act on its website http://fert.nic.in External website that opens in new window placing a Handbook on RTI giving general information about the Department required under the Act.

 

Orders designating PIOs, with required details, placed on website, which are updated from time to time.

 

Counter opened at Public Information Centre of DoF at Shastri Bhavan for applications as well as prescribed fee under RTI.

 

Appointment of Nodal Officer intimated to Department of Post enabling providing of services by that Department as CAPIOs across the country.

 

The Department has started registration of Requests and Appeals under the RTI Act on the Managment Information System (RTI-RAMIS) software available on the Web-Site of CIC.

 

During the year 2010-2011, 112 application and 5 appeals were received of which 101 applications and 5 appeal were disposed of during the said year and the remaining 11 applications are under process for sending reply to the applicants.