Faridabad: RTI organization after completing its ten year effective tenure in the city celebrated an annual anniversary on the eve of the 10th RTI Day on October 12, 2015 here at its headquarter in Sect-21A.
Chief Patron of the organization Dr. Brahm Dutt, talking to the media said the organization has completed ten years with great honestly and loyalty. No doubt members of the organization faced uncountable challenges during the time, but my team is very sincere and responsible for their work. I assure you, a time would come, when the people of the city cooperate with us and corruption will eliminate from Faridabad. However, the following issues were raised against the agenda items discussed in the conference held on the eve of the 10th RTI Day.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Dutt said the Right to Information Act (RTI) is an Act of the Parliament of India “to provide for setting out the practical regime of right to information for citizens” and replaces the erstwhile Freedom of information Act, 2002. The Act applies to all States and Union Territories of India except Jammu & Kashmir. Under the provisions of the Act, any citizen may request information from a “public authority” (a body of Government or “instrumentality of State”) which is required to reply expeditiously or within thirty days. This law was passed by Parliament on 15 June 2005 and came fully into force on 12 October 2005. The first application was given to a Pune police station. Information disclosure in India was restricted by the Official Secrets Act 1923 and various other special laws, which the new RTI Act relaxes. It codifies a fundamental right of citizens.
He further said the state-level RTI Acts were first successfully enacted by the state governments of Tamil Nadu (2002), Assam (2002), Madhya Pradesh (2003), and Jammu & Kashmir (2004) Haryana (2005) and Andhra Pradesh (2005).
A citizen who desires to seek some information from a public authority is required to send, along with the application, a demand draft or a bankers cheque or an Indian Postal Order of Rs.10/- (Rupees ten) payable to the Accounts Officer of the public authority as fee prescribed for seeking information
The applicant may also be required to pay further fee towards the cost of providing the information, details of which shall be intimated to the applicant by the PIO as prescribed by the RTI ACT, he said.