Sat,May 25,2024


 RTI - Chap-01 : {Section 4 (1)}

The Right to Information Bill 2005 was passed by the Houses of Parliament received the assent of the President of India on 15-6-2005 and it was published as Right to Information Act 2005 in the Gazette of India vide No.25 on 21-6-2005 and it has come into force with effect from 15-6-2005.

As per the Act, each public authority has to fulfill certain obligations before expiry of 100/120 days from the commencement of Act i.e. by 23-09-2005/12-10-2005.

Section 4 (1) of the Act Casts an obligation on each public authority to maintain records. This Section reads as follows :

"Maintain all its records duly catalogued and indexed in manner and the form which facilitates the right to information under this Act and ensure that all records that are appropriate to be computerized are within a reasonable time and subject to availability of resources, computerized and connected through a network all over the country on different systems so that access to such records is facilitated."

Section 4 (1) of the Act Castes an obligation on each public authority to publish within expiry of 120 days from the commencement of the Act, manuals on the (17) items contained in Chapters 2 to 17 herein for easy access and understanding by Citizens, Civil Society Organizations, Public representatives, Officers and Employees of Public authorities including Public Information Officers and Asst. Pubic Information Officer and Appellate Officers, etc.