The Government of India, in order to ensure greater and more effective access to the information to citizens has enacted 'Right To Information Act, 2005 ', [ hereinafter called RTI Act ] . The subject Act got assent of the President of India on 15-06-2005 and teh Act came into force from 12-10-2005.
The main object of the Act is to provide Roght to information under the control of Public Authority to the citizens in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of Public Authority.
The Right to Information includes an access to the information which is held under the control of any public authority and incldes the right to inspet the work, document, record, taking notes, extracts or certified copies of documents / records and certifies samples of the materials and obtaining information which is also stored in electronic form.
A citizen can request for information by making an application in writing or through electronic means in English / Hindi/ official language of the areas, in which the application is being made together with the prescribed fees to the concerned Public Information Officer. The Act provides under Section 8 and 9 , certain categories of information thatare exempt from disclosre to the citizens. The public may also refer to the relative sections of teh Act before submitting a request for the information.