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Maharashtra Right to Information Act, 2002. Presentation by. What is Right to Information?. Recognized by the Supreme Court as a part of Right to Freedom of Speech. People have a right to ask for information. It is the duty of the government and public bodies to provide this information. .

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what is right to information
What is Right to Information?
  • Recognized by the Supreme Court as a part of Right to Freedom of Speech.
  • People have a right to ask for information.
  • It is the duty of the government and public bodies to provide this information.
how information helps
How information helps

Information helps to:

  • Increase Transparency
  • Increase Accountability
  • Reduce Corruption
  • Increase Efficiency
  • Increase Participation
maharashtra right to information act 2002
Maharashtra Right to Information Act, 2002
  • Notified on 11th August, 2003, with retrospective effect from September 23, 2002
  • Nine States in India have Acts on RTI
  • MRTI is one of the best Acts
what information can you ask for
What information can you ask for?
  • Information regarding affairs of the government or any Public Authority.
  • Any information available to Parliament / State Legislature.
suo moto disclosures
Suo Moto Disclosures

Particulars of organization

  • Functions and duties
  • Rules & regulations
  • Facilities for obtaining information
  • Details of Public Information Officers etc

Particulars of projects undertaken

  • Eg. benefits, expected time for completion etc
information exempt from disclosure
Information exempt from disclosure
  • Which affects national security, international relations or lead to incitement of offence. - Special Committee to decide
  • Has been forbidden by law, Official Secrets Act
  • Commercial information eg. trade secrets etc
  • Personal information or service records
  • Which endangers life or safety of a person
other grounds for refusal
Other grounds for refusal

Even if not exempted, information may be refused if:

  • Already published in Official Gazette
  • Required by law to be published at a particular time
  • Volume is too large
exempted information can be disclosed
Exempted information can be disclosed
  • When in larger public interest – eg. commercial / personal information.
  • When it can be severed from an exempted document.
  • After the decision is taken or deemed to have been taken.
  • Pertains to a matter 15 years before request.
how to ask for information
How to ask for information
  • Every department has one or more Public Information Officers (PIOs)
  • Written applications to be made to the PIO on plain paper in format
  • Court fee stamp of Rs. 10/- on application
fee structure
Fee Structure

The price fixed + postage charges (unless collected personally)

50 paise per page + postage charges (unless collected personally)

If information readily available

Rs. 2/- per page + postage charges (unless collected personally)

If information needs to be collected

when to expect a response
When to expect a response

Within 15 working days, the PIO has to either:

  • Supply the information.
  • Reject the request and communicate the reasons.
  • Communicate if additional fees required
  • Communicate if additional 15 days required.

Imp: Within 24 hours if involves life and liberty of a person

rejection of requests
Rejection of requests

If rejected on certain grounds, the PIO must communicate within 15 days:

  • Reasons for rejection
  • Time within which appeal can be made
  • Person to whom appeal is to be made (First Appellate Authority)

First Appeal

To be made to the first Appellate Authority within 30 working days, on plain paper in a format with court fee stamp of Rs. 20/- if:

  • No communication from PIO within 15 working days
  • Aggrieved by the order of the PIO
appeals contd

Second Appeal – if aggrieved by order of 1st Appellate Authority

  • To Lok Ayukta or Up-Lok Ayukta (in format as 1st appeal)
  • Decision is final

All appeals to be disposed off within 30 working days

(or extended period of further 30 days )

  • Rs. 250/- per day of delay
  • Rs. 2000/- if knowingly wrong, misleading information given.
  • Disciplinary Action can also be taken
monitoring of the act
Monitoring of the Act
  • State - level Council
  • Councils in every Revenue Division
  • Councils are to meet at least once in six months
competent authority
Competent Authority

Competent Authority means:

  • Heads of Administrative Departments
  • Registrar of Co-operative Societies / Societies
  • Charity Commissioner / Commissioner of Labour
  • Secretary of MPSC
  • Registrar of Lok Ayukta and Up-Lok Ayukta
duties of competent authority
Duties of Competent Authority
  • Appoint PIOs
  • Serve as First Appellate Authority
  • Maintain records
  • Publish details of organizations
  • Communicate facts about any projects
public authority
Public Authority

Means any body:

  • Constituted / controlled / owned by any State or Central Law
  • Receiving aid from government
  • Whose functions are of public interest
  • Whose office bearers are appointed by the government.
summing up
Summing Up
  • 1st STEP Application to PIO
  • 2nd STEP Appeal to 1st Appellate Authority
  • 3rd STEP Appeal to 2nd Appellate Authority (Lok Ayukta / Upa Lok Ayukta)