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RTI COMMITTEE 1 Sh R.K. Shukla, Principal
2 Mr. RK Singh, VP
3 Mr RK Patel, PGT-Phy
4 Mr Rakesh Kumar Meena, UDC

 

MINISTRY OF LAW AND JUSTICE 

(Legislative Department) 

New Delhi, the 21st June, 2005/Jyaistha 31, 1927 (Saka

The following Act of Parliament received the assent of the President on the 15th June,

2005, and is hereby published for general information:—

 

THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005

No. 22 of 2005 

[15th June, 2005.]

 

An Act to provide for setting out the practical regime of right to information for

citizens to secure access to information under the control of public

authorities, in order to promote transparency and accountability in the

working of every public authority, the constitution of a Central Information

Commission and State Information Commissions and for matters connected

therewith or incidental thereto. 

WHEREAS the Constitution of India has established democratic Republic; 

AND WHEREAS democracy requires an informed citizenry and transparency of

information which are vital to its functioning and also to contain corruption and to

hold Governments and their instrumentalities accountable to the governed; 

AND WHEREAS revelation of information in actual practice is likely to

conflict with other public interests including efficient operations of the Governments,

optimum use of limited fiscal resources and the preservation of confidentiality of

sensitive information;

 

 

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AND WHEREAS it is necessary to harmonise these conflicting interests while

preserving the paramountcy of the democratic ideal; 

NOW, THEREFORE, it is expedient to provide for furnishing certain

information to citizens who desire to have it. 

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Fifty-sixth Year of the Republic of India as

follows:—

 

  

 

CHAPTER I 

Short title,

extent and

commencemen

t

Definitions.

 

Preliminary  

1. (1) This Act may be called the Right to Information Act, 2005. 

(2) It extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir. 

(3) The provisions of sub-section (1) of section 4, sub-sections (1) and (2) of

section 5, sections 12, 13, 15,16, 24, 27 and 28 shall come into force at once, and the

remaining provisions of this Act shall come into force on the one hundred and

twentieth day of its enactment.

2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,— 

(a) "appropriate Government" means in relation to a public authority which is

established, constituted, owned, controlled or substantially financed by funds provided

directly or indirectly—

(i) by the Central Government or the Union territory administration, the

Central Government; 

(ii) by the State Government, the State Government;

(b) "Central Information Commission" means the Central Information Commission

constituted under sub-section (1) of section 12; 

(c) "Central Public Information Officer" means the Central Public Information

Officer designated under sub-section (1) and includes a Central Assistant Public

Information Officer designated as such under sub-section (2) of section 5;

(d) "Chief Information Commissioner" and "Information Commissioner" mean the

Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioner appointed under

sub-section (3) of section 12;

(e) "competent authority" means— 

(i) the Speaker in the case of the House of the People or the Legislative

Assembly of a State or a Union territory having such Assembly and the

Chairman in the case of the Council of States or Legislative Council of a

State;

(ii)  the Chief Justice of India in the case of the Supreme Court;

(iii) the Chief Justice of the High Court in the case of a High Court;

(iv) the President or the Governor, as the case may be, in the case of other

authorities established or constituted by or under the Constitution;

(v) the administrator appointed under article 239 of the Constitution;

(f) "information" means any material in any form, including records, documents,

memos, e-mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks,

contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material held in any electronic form

 

 

 

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and information relating to any private body which can be accessed by a public

authority under any other law for the time being in force; 

(g) "prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under this Act by the appropriate

Government or the competent authority, as the case may be; 

 

(h) "public authority" means any authority or body or institution of self-

government established or constituted— 

(a) by or under the Constitution;

(b)  by any other law made by Parliament;

(c) by any other law made by State Legislature;

(d) by notification issued or order made by the appropriate Government,

and includes any— 

(i) body owned, controlled or substantially financed;

(ii)  non-Government organisation substantially financed, 

directly or indirectly by funds provided by the appropriate Government; 

(i) "record" includes— 

(a) any document, manuscript and file;

(b) any microfilm, microfiche and facsimile copy of a document;

(c) any reproduction of image or images embodied in such microfilm (whether

enlarged or not); and

(d) any other material produced by a computer or any other device;

(j) "right to information" means the right to information accessible under this Act

which is held by or under the control of any public authority and includes the right

to— 

(i) inspection of work, documents, records;

(ii) taking notes, extracts or certified copies of documents or records;

(iii) taking certified samples of material;

(iv) obtaining information in the form of diskettes, floppies, tapes, video

cassettes or in any other electronic mode or through printouts where such

information is stored in a computer or in any other device;

(k) "State Information Commission" means the State Information Commission

constituted under sub-section (1) of section 15; 

(l) "State Chief Information Commissioner" and "State Information Commissioner"

mean the State Chief Information Commissioner and the State Information

Commissioner appointed under sub-section (3) of section 15;

(m) "State Public Information Officer" means the State Public Information Officer

designated under sub-section (1) and includes a State Assistant Public Information

Officer designated as such under sub-section (2) of section 5; 

(n) "third party" means a person other than the citizen making a request for

information and includes a public authority. 

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CHAPTER II 

Right to information and obligations of public authorities

3. Subject to the provisions of this Act, all citizens shall have the right to information.  

4. (1) Every public authority shall—

a) maintain all its records duly catalogued and indexed in a manner and the

form which facilitates the right to information under this Act and ensure that

all records that are appropriate to be computerised are, within a reasonable

time and subject to availability of resources, computerised and connected

through a network all over the country on different systems so that access to

such records is facilitated; 

b) publish within one hundred and twenty days from the enactment of this

Act,—

 

(i) the par ticulars of its organisation, functions and duties;

(ii) the powers and duties of its officers and employees;

(iii) the procedure followed in the decision making process,

including channels of supervision and accountability;

(iv) the norms set by it for the discharge of its functions;

(v) the rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records, held by

it or under its control or used by its employees for discharging

its functions;

(vi) a statement of the categories of documents that are held by it or

under its control;

(vii) the particulars of any arrangement that exists for consultation

with, or representation by, the members of the public in relation

to the formulation of its policy or implementation thereof; 

(viii) a statement of the boards, councils, committees and other

bodies consisting of two or more persons constituted as its part

or for the purpose of its advice, and as to whether meetings of

those boards, councils, committees and other bodies are open to

the public, or the minutes of such meetings are accessible for

public; 

(ix) a directory of its officers and employees;

(x) the monthly remuneration received by each of its officers and

employees, including the system of compensation as provided

in its regulations; 

(xi) the budget allocated to each of its agency, indicating the

particulars of all plans, proposed expenditures and reports on

disbursements made; 

(xii) the manner of execution of subsidy programmes, including the

amounts allocated and the details of beneficiaries of such

programmes;

(xiii) particulars of recipients of concessions, permits or

authorisations granted by it;

(xiv) details in respect of the information, available to or held by it,

reduced in an electronic form;

(xv) the particulars of facilities available to citizens for obtaining

information, including the working hours of a library or reading

room, if maintained for public use; 

(xvi) the names, designations and other particulars of the Public

Information Officers; 

(xvii)  such other information as may be prescribed;

 

and thereafter update these publications every year;

 

c) publish all relevant facts while formulating important

policies or announcing the decisions which affect public;

 

d) provide reasons for its administrative or quasi-judicial

 

Right to

information

 

 

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decisions to affected persons.

(2) It shall be a constant endeavour of every public authority to take steps in

accordance with the requirements of clause (b) of sub-section (1) to provide as much

information suo motu to the public at regular intervals through various means of

communications, including internet, so that the public have minimum resort to the use

of this Act to obtain information. 

(3) For the purposes of sub-section (1), every information shall be disseminated

widely and in such form and manner which is easily accessible to the public.

(4) All materials shall be disseminated taking into consideration the cost

effectiveness, local language and the most effective method of communication in that

local area and the information should be easily accessible, to the extent possible in

electronic format with the Central Public Information Officer or State Public

Information Officer, as the case may be, available free or at such cost of the medium

or the print cost price as may be prescribed. 

Explanation.—For the purposes of sub-sections (3) and (4), "disseminated" means

making known or communicated the information to the public through notice boards,

newspapers, public announcements, media broadcasts, the internet or any other means,

including inspection of offices of any public authority.

5. (1) Every public authority shall, within one hundred days of the enactment of

this Act, designate as many officers as the Central Public Information Officers or State

Public Information Officers, as the case may be, in all administrative units or offices

under it as may be necessary to provide information to persons requesting for the

information under this Act. 

(2) Without prejudice to the provisions of sub-section (1), every public authority

shall designate an officer, within one hundred days of the enactment of this Act, at

each sub-divisional level or other sub-district level as a Central Assistant Public

Information Officer or a State Assistant Public Information Officer, as the case may

be, to receive the applications for information or appeals under this Act for forwarding

the same forthwith to the Central Public Information Officer or the State Public

Information Officer or senior officer specified under sub-section (1) of section 19 or

the Central Information Commission or the State Information Commission, as the case

may be: 

Provided that where an application for information or appeal is given to a Central

Assistant Public Information Officer or a State Assistant Public Information Officer,

as the case may be, a period of five days shall be added in computing the period for

response specified under sub-section (1) of section 7. 

(3) Every Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer,

as the case may be, shall deal with requests from persons seeking information and

render reasonable assistance to the persons seeking such information. 

(4) The Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer,

as the case may be, may seek the assistance of any other officer as he or she considers

it necessary for the proper discharge of his or her duties. 

(5) Any officer, whose assistance has been sought under sub-section (4), shall

render all assistance to the Central Public Information Officer or State Public

Information Officer, as the case may be, seeking his or her assistance and for the

purposes of any contravention of the provisions of this Act, such other officer shall be

treated as a Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as

the case may be.

 

Designation

of Public

Information

Officers.

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Disposal of

request.

6. (1) A person, who desires to obtain any information under this Act, shall make

a request in writing or through electronic means in English or Hindi or in the official

language of the area in which the application is being made, accompanying such fee as

may be prescribed, to— 

(a) the Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer,

as the case may be, of the concerned public authority;

(b) the Central Assistant Public Information Officer or State Assistant Public

Information Officer, as the case may be,

specifying the particulars of the information sought by him or her: 

Provided that where such request cannot be made in writing, the Central Public

Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, shall

render all reasonable assistance to the person making the request orally to reduce the

same in writing. 

(2) An applicant making request for information shall not be required to give any

reason for requesting the information or any other personal details except those that

may be necessary for contacting him. 

(3) Where an application is made to a public authority requesting for an

information,— 

(i) which is held by another public authority; or

(ii) the subject matter of which is more closely connected with the

functions of another public authority, 

the public authority, to which such application is made, shall transfer the application

or such part of it as may be appropriate to that other public authority and inform the

applicant immediately about such transfer:

Provided that the transfer of an application pursuant to this sub-section shall be made

as soon as practicable but in no case later than five days from the date of receipt of the

application.  

7. (1) Subject to the proviso to sub-section (2) of section 5 or the proviso to subsection

(3)

of section

6,

the

Central

Public

Information

Officer

or State

Public

 

Information

Officer, as the case

may

be, on receipt

of a request

undersection

6 shall,

 

as

expeditiously

as possible,

and

in

any

case within

thirty

days

of

the

receipt

of

the

 

request,

either

provide

the

information

on

payment

of such

fee

as may

be prescribed

or

 

reject

the

request

for any

of

the

reasons

specified

in

sections

8

and

9:

 

Provided that where the information sought for concerns the life or liberty of a person,

the same shall be provided within forty-eight hours of the receipt of the request.

(2) If the Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer,

as the case may be, fails to give decision on the request for information within the

period specified under sub-section (1), the Central Public Information Officer or State

Public Information Officer, as the case may be, shall be deemed to have refused the

request. 

(3) Where a decision is taken to provide the information on payment of any

further fee representing the cost of providing the information, the Central Public

Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, shall send

an intimation to the person making the request, giving—

(a) the details of further fees representing the cost of providing the

information as determined by him, together with the calculations made

Request for

obtaining

information.

 

 
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to arrive at the amount in accordance with fee prescribed under subsection
(1),
requesting him to deposit that fees, and the period intervening between the despatch of the said intimation and payment of fees
shall be excluded for the purpose of calculating the period of thirty days referred to in that sub-section.
 

(b) information concerning his or her right with respect to review the

decision as to the amount of fees charged or the form of access

provided, including the particulars of the appellate authority, time limit,

process and any other forms. 

(4) Where access to the record or a part thereof is required to be provided under

this Act and the person to whom access is to be provided is sensorily disabled, the

Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case

may be, shall provide assistance to enable access to the information, including

providing such assistance as may be appropriate for the inspection. 

(5) Where access to information is to be provided in the printed or in any

electronic format, the applicant shall, subject to the provisions of sub-section (6), pay

such fee as may be prescribed: 

Provided that the fee prescribed under sub-section (1) of section 6 and sub-sections (1)

and (5) of section 7 shall be reasonable and no such fee shall be charged from the

persons who are of below poverty line as may be determined by the appropriate

Government. 

(6) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (5), the person making

request for the information shall be provided the information free of charge where a

public authority fails to comply with the time limits specified in sub-section (1).

(7) Before taking any decision under sub-section (1), the Central Public

Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, shall take

into consideration the representation made by a third party under section 11. 

(8) Where a request has been rejected under sub-section (1), the Central Public

Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, shall

communicate to the person making the request,—

(i) the reasons for such rejection;

(ii) the period within which an appeal against such rejection may be

preferred; and

(iii) the particulars of the appellate authority. 

(9) An information shall ordinarily be provided in the form in which it is sought

unless it would disproportionately divert the resources of the public authority or would

be detrimental to the safety or preservation of the record in question.

 

8. (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, there shall be no obligation to

give any citizen,— 

(a) information, disclosure of which would prejudicially affect the sovereignty

and integrity of India, the security, strategic, scientific or economic interests of the

State, relation with foreign State or lead to incitement of an offence; 

(b) information which has been expressly forbidden to be published by any court

of law or tribunal or the disclosure of which may constitute contempt of court; 

Exemption

from

disclosure of

information.

 

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19 of 1923.

 

(c) information, the disclosure of which would cause a breach of privilege of

Parliament or the State Legislature; 

(d) information including commercial confidence, trade secrets or intellectual

property, the disclosure of which would harm the competitive position of a third party,

unless the competent authority is satisfied that larger public interest warrants the

disclosure of such information; 

(e) information available to a person in his fiduciary relationship, unless the

competent authority is satisfied that the larger public interest warrants the disclosure

of such information; 

(f) information received in confidence from foreign Government; 

(g) information, the disclosure of which would endanger the life or physical

safety of any person or identify the source of information or assistance given in

confidence for law enforcement or security purposes; 

(h) information which would impede the process of investigation or

apprehension or prosecution of offenders; 

(i) cabinet papers including records of deliberations of the Council of Ministers,

Secretaries and other officers: 

Provided that the decisions of Council of Ministers, the reasons thereof, and the

material on the basis of which the decisions were taken shall be made public after the

decision has been taken, and the matter is complete, or over: 

Provided further that those matters which come under the exemptions specified

in this section shall not be disclosed; 

(j) information which relates to personal information the disclosure of which has

no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted

invasion of the privacy of the individual unless the Central Public Information Officer

or the State Public Information Officer or the appellate authority, as the case may be,

is satisfied that the larger public interest justifies the disclosure of such information: 

Provided that the information which cannot be denied to the Parliament or a

State Legislature shall not be denied to any person. 

 

(2) Notwithstanding anything in the Official Secrets Act, 1923 nor any of the

exemptions permissible in accordance with sub-section (1), a public authority may

allow access to information, if public interest in disclosure outweighs the harm to the

protected interests.

(3) Subject to the provisions of clauses (a), (c) and (i) of sub-section (1), any

information relating to any occurrence, event or matter which has taken place,

occurred or happened twenty years before the date on which any request is made

under secton 6 shall be provided to any person making a request under that section:

 

Provided that where any question arises as to the date from which the said period

of twenty years has to be computed, the decision of the Central Government shall be

final, subject to the usual appeals provided for in this Act.

 

 

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Grounds for

rejection to

access in

certain cases.

Severability

Third party

information.

9. Without prejudice to the provisions of section 8, a Central Public Information

Officer or a State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, may reject a request

for information where such a request for providing access would involve an

infringement of copyright subsisting in a person other than the State.  

10. (1) Where a request for access to information is rejected on the ground that it is in

relation to information which is exempt from disclosure, then, notwithstanding

anything contained in this Act, access may be provided to that part of the record which

does not contain any information which is exempt from disclosure under this Act and

which can reasonably be severed from any part that contains exempt information. 

(2) Where access is granted to a part of the record under sub-section (1), the

Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case

may be, shall give a notice to the applicant, informing—

(a) that only part of the record requested, after severance of the

record containing information which is exempt from disclosure, is being

provided;

(b) the reasons for the decision, including any findings on any

material question of fact, referring to the material on which those

findings were based;

(c) the name and designation of the person giving the decision;

(d) the details of the fees calculated by him or her and the amount

of fee which the applicant is required to deposit; and

(e) his or her rights with respect to review of the decision

regarding non-disclosure of part of the information, the amount of fee

charged or the form of access provided, including the particulars of the

senior officer specified under sub-section (1) of section 19 or the

Central Information Commission or the State Information Commission,

as the case may be, time limit, process and any other form of access.

11. (1) Where a Central Public Information Officer or a State Public Information

Officer, as the case may be, intends to disclose any information or record, or part

thereof on a request made under this Act, which relates to or has been supplied by a

third party and has been treated as confidential by that third party, the Central Public

Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, shall,

within five days from the receipt of the request, give a written notice to such third

party of the request and of the fact that the Central Public Information Officer or State

Public Information Officer, as the case may be, intends to disclose the information or

record, or part thereof, and invite the third party to make a submission in writing or

orally, regarding whether the information should be disclosed, and such submission of

the third party shall be kept in view while taking a decision about disclosure of

information:

Provided that except in the case of trade or commercial secrets protected by law,

disclosure may be allowed if the public interest in disclosure outweighs in importance

any possible harm or injury to the interests of such third party. 

(2) Where a notice is served by the Central Public Information Officer or State

Public Information Officer, as the case may be, under sub-section (1) to a third party

in respect of any information or record or part thereof, the third party shall, within ten

days from the date of receipt of such notice, be given the opportunity to make

representation against the proposed disclosure. 

(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in section 7, the Central Public

Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, shall,

within forty days after receipt of the request under section 6, if the third party has been

given an opportunity to make representation under sub-section (2), make a decision as

to whether or not to disclose the information or record or part thereof and give in

 

 

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writing the notice of his decision to the third party. 

(4) A notice given under sub-section (3) shall include a statement that the third

party to whom the notice is given is entitled to prefer an appeal under section 19

against the decision. 

 

CHAPTER III 

The Central Information Commission

 

12. (1) The Central Government shall, by notification in the Official Gazette,

constitute a body to be known as the Central Information Commission to exercise the

powers conferred on, and to perform the functions assigned to, it under this Act. 

(2) The Central Information Commission shall consist of— 

(a) the Chief Information Commissioner; and

(b) such number of Central Information Commissioners, not exceeding ten,

as may be deemed necessary.

(3) The Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners shall

be appointed by the President on the recommendation of a committee consisting of— 

(i) the Prime Minister, who shall be the Chairperson of the committee;

(ii) the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha; and

(iii) a Union Cabinet Minister to be nominated by the Prime Minister.

Explanation.—For the purposes of removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that where

the Leader of Opposition in the House of the People has not been recognised as such,

the Leader of the single largest group in opposition of the Government in the House of

the People shall be deemed to be the Leader of Opposition. 

(4) The general superintendence, direction and management of the affairs of the

Central Information Commission shall vest in the Chief Information Commissioner

who shall be assisted by the Information Commissioners and may exercise all such

powers and do all such acts and things which may be exercised or done by the Central

Information Commission autonomously without being subjected to directions by any

other authority under this Act. 

(5) The Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners shall

be persons of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in law,

science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media or

administration and governance.

(6) The Chief Information Commissioner or an Information Commissioner shall

not be a Member of Parliament or Member of the Legislature of any State or Union

territory, as the case may be, or hold any other office of profit or connected with any

political party or carrying on any business or pursuing any profession. 

(7) The headquarters of the Central Information Commission shall be at Delhi

and the Central Information Commission may, with the previous approval of the

Central Government, establish offices at other places in India.

 

 

Constitution

of Central

Information

Commission

.

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13. (1) The Chief Information Commissioner shall hold office for a term of five years

from the date on which he enters upon his office and shall not be eligible for

reappointment: 

Provided that no Chief Information Commissioner shall hold office as such after

he has attained the age of sixty-five years.

(2) Every Information Commissioner shall hold office for a term of five years from

the date on which he enters upon his office or till he attains the age of sixty-five years,

whichever is earlier, and shall not be eligible for reappointment as such Information

Commissioner: 

Provided that every Information Commissioner shall, on vacating his office under this

sub-section be eligible for appointment as the Chief Information Commissioner in the

manner specified in sub-section (3) of section 12: 

Provided further that where the Information Commissioner is appointed as the Chief

Information Commissioner, his term of office shall not be more than five years in

aggregate as the Information Commissioner and the Chief Information Commissioner. 

(3) The Chief Information Commissioner or an Information Commissioner shall

before he enters upon his office make and subscribe before the President or some other

person appointed by him in that behalf, an oath or affirmation according to the form set out

for the purpose in the First Schedule. 

(4) The Chief Information Commissioner or an Information Commissioner may, at

any time, by writing under his hand addressed to the President, resign from his office: 

Provided that the Chief Information Commissioner or an Information Commissioner

may be removed in the manner specified under section 14. 

(5) The salaries and allowances payable to and other terms and conditions of service

of— 

(a) the Chief Information Commissioner shall be the same as that of the Chief

Election Commissioner; 

(b) an Information Commissioner shall be the same as that of an Election

Commissioner: 

Provided that if the Chief Information Commissioner or an Information

Commissioner, at the time of his appointment is, in receipt of a pension, other than a

disability or wound pension, in respect of any previous service under the Government of

India or under the Government of a State, his salary in respect of the service as the Chief

Information Commissioner or an Information Commissioner shall be reduced by the

amount of that pension including any portion of pension which was commuted and pension

equivalent of other forms of retirement benefits excluding pension equivalent of retirement

gratuity: 

Provided further that if the Chief Information Commissioner or an Information

Commissioner if, at the time of his appointment is, in receipt of retirement benefits in

respect of any previous service rendered in a Corporation established by or under any

Central Act or State Act or a Government company owned or controlled by the Central

Government or the State Government, his salary in respect of the service as the Chief

Information Commissioner or an Information Commissioner shall be reduced by the

amount of pension equivalent to the retirement benefits: 

Provided also that the salaries, allowances and other conditions of service of the Chief

Information Commissioner and the Information Commissioners shall not be varied to their

Term of

office and

conditions

of service.

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disadvantage after their appointment.  

(6) The Central Government shall provide the Chief Information Commissioner and

the Information Commissioners with such officers and employees as may be necessary for

the efficient performance of their functions under this Act, and the salaries and allowances

payable to and the terms and conditions of service of the officers and other employees

appointed for the purpose of this Act shall be such as may be prescribed.

 

14. (1) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (3), the Chief Information

Commissioner or any Information Commissioner shall be removed from his office only by

order of the President on the ground of proved misbehaviour or incapacity after the

Supreme Court, on a reference made to it by the President, has, on inquiry, reported that the

Chief Information Commissioner or any Information Commissioner, as the case may be,

ought on such ground be removed. 

(2) The President may suspend from office, and if deem necessary prohibit also from

attending the office during inquiry, the Chief Information Commissioner or Information

Commissioner in respect of whom a reference has been made to the Supreme Court under

sub-section (1) until the President has passed orders on receipt of the report of the Supreme

Court on such reference. 

(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), the President may by order

remove from office the Chief Information Commissioner or any Information Commissioner

if the Chief Information Commissioner or a Information Commissioner, as the case may

be,— 

(a) is adjudged an insolvent; or

(b) has been convicted of an offence which, in the opinion of the President, involves

moral turpitude; or

(c) engages during his term of office in any paid employment outside the duties of

his office; or

(d) is, in the opinion of the President, unfit to continue in office by reason of

infirmity of mind or body; or

(e) has acquired such financial or other interest as is likely to affect prejudicially his

functions as the Chief Information Commissioner or a Information

Commissioner. 

(4) If the Chief Information Commissioner or a Information Commissioner in any

way, concerned or interested in any contract or agreement made by or on behalf of the

Government of India or participates in any way in the profit thereof or in any benefit

or emolument arising therefrom otherwise than as a member and in common with the

other members of an incorporated company, he shall, for the purposes of sub-section

(1), be deemed to be guilty of misbehaviour.

CHAPTER IV 

The State Information Commission

 

15. (1) Every State Government shall, by notification in the Official Gazette,

constitute a body to be known as the ......... (name of the State) Information Commission to

exercise the powers conferred on, and to perform the functions assigned to, it under this

Act. 

(2) The State Information Commission shall consist of— 

(a) the State Chief Information Commissioner, and 

(b) such number of State Information Commissioners, not exceeding ten, as

may be deemed necessary. 

Removalof Chief

Information

Commissioner or

Information

Commissioner.

 

Constitution of

State Information

Commission

.

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Term of office

and conditions

of service.

(3) The State Chief Information Commissioner and the State Information

Commissioners shall be appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of a committee

consisting of— 

(i) the Chief Minister, who shall be the Chairperson of the committee;

(ii) the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly; and

(iii) a Cabinet Minister to be nominated by the Chief Minister

Explanation.—For the purposes of removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that where

the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly has not been recognised as such, the

Leader of the single largest group in opposition of the Government in the Legislative

Assembly shall be deemed to be the Leader of Opposition. 

(4) The general superintendence, direction and management of the affairs of the State

Information Commission shall vest in the State Chief Information Commissioner who shall

be assisted by the State Information Commissioners and may exercise all such powers and

do all such acts and things which may be exercised or done by the State Information

Commission autonomously without being subjected to directions by any other authority

under this Act. 

(5) The State Chief Information Commissioner and the State Information

Commissioners shall be persons of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and

experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass

media or administration and governance. 

(6) The State Chief Information Commissioner or a State Information Commissioner

shall not be a Member of Parliament or Member of the Legislature of any State or Union

territory, as the case may be, or hold any other office of profit or connected with any

political party or carrying on any business or pursuing any profession.

(7) The headquarters of the State Information Commission shall be at such place in

the State as the State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify and

the State Information Commission may, with the previous approval of the State

Government, establish offices at other places in the State.

 

 

16. (1) The State Chief Information Commissioner shall hold office for a term of five

years from the date on which he enters upon his office and shall not be eligible for

reappointment: 

Provided that no State Chief Information Commissioner shall hold office as such after

he has attained the age of sixty-five years. 

(2) Every State Information Commissioner shall hold office for a term of five years

from the date on which he enters upon his office or till he attains the age of sixty-five

years, whichever is earlier, and shall not be eligible for reappointment as such State

Information Commissioner: 

Provided that every State Information Commissioner shall, on vacating his office

under this sub-section, be eligible for appointment as the State Chief Information

Commissioner in the manner specified in sub-section (3) of section 15: 

Provided further that where the State Information Commissioner is appointed as the

State Chief Information Commissioner, his term of office shall not be more than five years

in aggregate as the State Information Commissioner and the State Chief Information

Commissioner. 

(3) The State Chief Information Commissioner or a State Information Commissioner,

 

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shall before he enters upon his office make and subscribe before the Governor or some

other person appointed by him in that behalf, an oath or affirmation according to the form

set out for the purpose in the First Schedule. 

(4) The State Chief Information Commissioner or a State Information Commissioner

may, at any time, by writing under his hand addressed to the Governor, resign from his

office: 

Provided that the State Chief Information Commissioner or a State Information

Commissioner may be removed in the manner specified under section 17. 

(5) The salaries and allowances payable to and other terms and conditions of service

of— 

(a) the State Chief Information Commissioner shall be the same as that of an

Election Commissioner;

(b) the State Information Commissioner shall be the same as that of the Chief

Secretary to the State Government:

Provided that if the State Chief Information Commissioner or a State Information

Commissioner, at the time of his appointment is, in receipt of a pension, other than a

disability or wound pension, in respect of any previous service under the Government of

India or under the Government of a State, his salary in respect of the service as the State

Chief Information Commissioner or a State Information Commissioner shall be reduced by

the amount of that pension including any portion of pension which was commuted and

pension equivalent of other forms of retirement benefits excluding pension equivalent of

retirement gratuity: 

Provided further that where the State Chief Information Commissioner or a State

Information Commissioner if, at the time of his appointment is, in receipt of retirement

benefits in respect of any previous service rendered in a Corporation established by or

under any Central Act or State Act or a Government company owned or controlled by the

Central Government or the State Government, his salary in respect of the service as the

State Chief Information Commissioner or the State Information Commissioner shall be

reduced by the amount of pension equivalent to the retirement benefits: 

Provided also that the salaries, allowances and other conditions of service of the State

Chief Information Commissioner and the State Information Commissioners shall not be

varied to their disadvantage after their appointment. 

(6) The State Government shall provide the State Chief Information Commissioner and

the State Information Commissioners with such officers and employees as may be

necessary for the efficient performance of their functions under this Act, and the salaries

and allowances payable to and the terms and conditions of service of the officers and other

employees appointed for the purpose of this Act shall be such as may be prescribed.

 

17. (1) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (3), the State Chief Information

Commissioner or a State Information Commissioner shall be removed from his office only

by order of the Governor on the ground of proved misbehaviour or incapacity after the

Supreme Court, on a reference made to it by the Governor, has on inquiry, reported that the

State Chief Information Commissioner or a State Information Commissioner, as the case

may be, ought on such ground be removed. 

(2) The Governor may suspend from office, and if deem necessary prohibit also from

attending the office during inquiry, the State Chief Information Commissioner or a State

Information Commissioner in respect of whom a reference has been made to the Supreme

Court under sub-section (1) until the Governor has passed orders on receipt of the report of

Removal of State

Chief Information

Commissioner or

State Information

Commissioner

 

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Powers and

functions of

Information

Commissions.

 

the Supreme Court on such reference. 

(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), the Governor may by

order remove from office the State Chief Information Commissioner or a State Information

Commissioner if a State Chief Information Commissioner or a State Information

Commissioner, as the case may be,— 

(a) is adjudged an insolvent; or

(b) has been convicted of an offence which, in the opinion of the Governor,

involves moral turpitude; or

(c) engages during his term of office in any paid employment outside the duties

of his office; or

(d) is, in the opinion of the Governor, unfit to continue in office by reason of

infirmity of mind or body; or

(e) has acquired such financial or other interest as is likely to affect prejudicially

his functions as the State Chief Information Commissioner or a State

Information Commissioner. 

(4) If the State Chief Information Commissioner or a State Information Commissioner

in any way, concerned or interested in any contract or agreement made by or on behalf of

the Government of the State or participates in any way in the profit thereof or in any

benefit or emoluments arising therefrom otherwise than as a member and in common with

the other members of an incorporated company, he shall, for the purposes of sub-section

(1), be deemed to be guilty of misbehaviour. 

 

CHAPTER V 

Powers and functions of the Information Commissions, appeal and penalties

 

 

18. (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, it shall be the duty of the Central

Information Commission or State Information Commission, as the case may be, to receive

and inquire into a complaint from any person,— 

(a) who has been unable to submit a request to a Central Public Information Officer

or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, either by reason that no

such officer has been appointed under this Act, or because the Central Assistant

Public Information Officer or State Assistant Public Information Officer, as the

case may be, has refused to accept his or her application for information or

appeal under this Act for forwarding the same to the Central Public Information

Officer or State Public Information Officer or senior officer specified in subsection

(1)

of

section

19

or

the

Central

Information

Commission

or

the

State

 

Information

Commission, as

the

case may

be;

 

 

(b) who has been refused access to any information requested under this Act;

(c) who has not been given a response to a request for information or access to

information within the time limit specified under this Act;

(d) who has been required to pay an amount of fee which he or she considers

unreasonable;

(e) who believes that he or she has been given incomplete, misleading or false

information under this Act; and

(f) in respect of any other matter relating to requesting or obtaining access to records

under this Act.

(2) Where the Central Information Commission or State Information Commission, as

the case may be, is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds to inquire into the matter, it

may initiate an inquiry in respect thereof.  

 

 

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(3) The Central Information Commission or State Information Commission, as the

case may be, shall, while inquiring into any matter under this section, have the same

powers as are vested in a civil court while trying a suit under the Code of Civil Procedure,

1908, in respect of the following matters, namely:— 

 

(a) summoning and enforcing the attendance of persons and compel them to give

oral or written evidence on oath and to produce the documents or things; 

(b)  requiring the discovery and inspection of documents;

(c) receiving evidence on affidavit;

(d) requisitioning any public record or copies thereof from any court or office;

(e)  issuing summons for examination of witnesses or documents; and

(f) any other matter which may be prescribed. 

(4) Notwithstanding anything inconsistent contained in any other Act of Parliament or State

Legislature, as the case may be, the Central Information Commission or the State

Information Commission, as the case may be, may, during the inquiry of any complaint

under this Act, examine any record to which this Act applies which is under the control of

the public authority, and no such record may be withheld from it on any grounds. 

 

Appeal 19. (1) Any person who, does not receive a decision within the time specified in sub-

section (1) or clause (a) of sub-section (3) of section 7, or is aggrieved by a decision of the

Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be,

may within thirty days from the expiry of such period or from the receipt of such a decision

prefer an appeal to such officer who is senior in rank to the Central Public Information

Officer or State Public Information Officer as the case may be, in each public authority:

Provided that such officer may admit the appeal after the expiry of the period of thirty

days if he or she is satisfied that the appellant was prevented by sufficient cause from filing

the appeal in time. 

(2) Where an appeal is preferred against an order made by a Central Public

Information Officer or a State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, under section

11 to disclose third party information, the appeal by the concerned third party shall be

made within thirty days from the date of the order. 

(3) A second appeal against the decision under sub-section (1) shall lie within ninety

days from the date on which the decision should have been made or was actually received,

with the Central Information Commission or the State Information Commission: 

Provided that the Central Information Commission or the State Information

Commission, as the case may be, may admit the appeal after the expiry of the period of

ninety days if it is satisfied that the appellant was prevented by sufficient cause from filing

the appeal in time. 

(4) If the decision of the Central Public Information Officer or State Public

Information Officer, as the case may be, against which an appeal is preferred relates to

information of a third party, the Central Information Commission or State Information

Commission, as the case may be, shall give a reasonable opportunity of being heard to that

third party. 

(5) In any appeal proceedings, the onus to prove that a denial of a request was

justified shall be on the Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information

Officer, as the case may be, who denied the request. 

(6) An appeal under sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) shall be disposed of within

thirty days of the receipt of the appeal or within such extended period not exceeding a total

of forty-five days from the date of filing thereof, as the case may be, for reasons to be

5 of 1908

 

 

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recorded in writing. 

(7) The decision of the Central Information Commission or State Information

Commission, as the case may be, shall be binding. 

(8) In its decision, the Central Information Commission or State Information

Commission, as the case may be, has the power to— 

(a) require the public authority to take any such steps as may be necessary to secure

compliance with the provisions of this Act, including— 

(i) by providing access to information, if so requested, in a particular form;

(ii) by appointing a Central Public Information Officer or State Public

Information Officer, as the case may be;

(iii) by publishing certain information or categories of information;

(iv) by making necessary changes to its practices in relation to the maintenance,

management and destruction of records;

(v) by enhancing the provision of training on the right to information for its

officials;

(vi) by providing it with an annual report in compliance with clause (b) of sub-

section (1) of section 4; 

(b) require the public authority to compensate the complainant for any loss or other

detriment suffered; 

(c) impose any of the penalties provided under this Act;

(d) reject the application.

(9) The Central Information Commission or State Information Commission, as the

case may be, shall give notice of its decision, including any right of appeal, to the

complainant and the public authority. 

(10) The Central Information Commission or State Information Commission, as the

case may be, shall decide the appeal in accordance with such procedure as may be

prescribed.

 

Penalties 20. (1) Where the Central Information Commission or the State Information

Commission, as the case may be, at the time of deciding any complaint or appeal is of the

opinion that the Central Public Information Officer or the State Public Information Officer,

as the case may be, has, without any reasonable cause, refused to receive an application for

information or has not furnished information within the time specified under sub-section

(1) of section 7 or malafidely denied the request for information or knowingly given

incorrect, incomplete or misleading information or destroyed information which was the

subject of the request or obstructed in any manner in furnishing the information, it shall

impose a penalty of two hundred and fifty rupees each day till application is received or

information is furnished, so however, the total amount of such penalty shall not exceed

twenty-five thousand rupees: 

Provided that the Central Public Information Officer or the State Public Information

Officer, as the case may be, shall be given a reasonable opportunity of being heard before

any penalty is imposed on him: 

Provided further that the burden of proving that he acted reasonably and diligently

shall be on the Central Public Information Officer or the State Public Information Officer,

as the case may be. 

(2) Where the Central Information Commission or the State Information Commission,

as the case may be, at the time of deciding any complaint or appeal is of the opinion that

the Central Public Information Officer or the State Public Information Officer, as the case

 

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Protection of

action taken in

good faith.

Act to have

overriding

effect

Bar of

jurisdiction of

courts

Act not to

apply to

certain

organisations

may be, has, without any reasonable cause and persistently, failed to receive an application

for information or has not furnished information within the time specified under subsection

(1)

of

section

7 or

malafidely

denied

the

request

for

information

or knowingly

 

given

incorrect,

incomplete

or misleading

information

or

destroyed

information

which

was

 

the

subject

of

the

request

or obstructed

in

any

manner

in

furnishing

the

information,

it

shall

recommend

for disciplinary

action

against

the

Central

Public

Information

Officer or

the

 

State

Public Information

Officer,

as the case

may

be,

under

the

service

rules

applicable

to

 

him.

 

 

CHAPTER VI 

Miscellaneous

 

21. No suit, prosecution or other legal proceeding shall lie against any person for

anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done under this Act or any rule

made thereunder.

 

22. The provisions of this Act shall have effect notwithstanding anything inconsistent

therewith contained in the Official Secrets Act, 1923, and any other law for the time being

in force or in any instrument having effect by virtue of any law other than this Act. 

 

23. No court shall entertain any suit, application or other proceeding in respect of any

order made under this Act and no such order shall be called in question otherwise than by

way of an appeal under this Act. 

 

24. (1) Nothing contained in this Act shall apply to the intelligence and security

organisations specified in the Second Schedule, being organisations established by the

Central Government or any information furnished by such organisations to that

Government: 

Provided that the information pertaining to the allegations of corruption and human

rights violations shall not be excluded under this sub-section: 

Provided further that in the case of information sought for is in respect of allegations

of violation of human rights, the information shall only be provided after the approval of

the Central Information Commission, and notwithstanding anything contained in section 7,

such information shall be provided within forty-five days from the date of the receipt of

request. 

(2) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, amend the

Schedule by including therein any other intelligence or security organisation established by

that Government or omitting therefrom any organisation already specified therein and on

the publication of such notification, such organisation shall be deemed to be included in or,

as the case may be, omitted from the Schedule. 

(3) Every notification issued under sub-section (2) shall be laid before each House of

Parliament. 

(4) Nothing contained in this Act shall apply to such intelligence and security

organisation being organisations established by the State Government, as that Government

may, from time to time, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify: 

Provided that the information pertaining to the allegations of corruption and human

rights violations shall not be excluded under this sub-section: 

 

 

 

 

 

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Appropriate

Government

to prepare

programmes

Provided further that in the case of information sought for is in respect of allegations

of violation of human rights, the information shall only be provided after the approval of

the State Information Commission and, notwithstanding anything contained in section 7,

such information shall be provided within forty-five days from the date of the receipt of

request. 

(5) Every notification issued under sub-section (4) shall be laid before the State

Legislature.

 

25. (1) The Central Information Commission or State Information Commission, as the

case may be, shall, as soon as practicable after the end of each year, prepare a report on the

implementation of the provisions of this Act during that year and forward a copy thereof to

the appropriate Government. 

(2) Each Ministry or Department shall, in relation to the public authorities within their

jurisdiction, collect and provide such information to the Central Information Commission

or State Information Commission, as the case may be, as is required to prepare the report

under this section and comply with the requirements concerning the furnishing of that

information and keeping of records for the purposes of this section. 

(3) Each report shall state in respect of the year to which the report relates,— 

(a) the number of requests made to each public authority;

(b) the number of decisions where applicants were not entitled to access to the

documents pursuant to the requests, the provisions of this Act under which

these decisions were made and the number of times such provisions were

invoked; 

(c) the number of appeals referred to the Central Information Commission or

State Information Commission, as the case may be, for review, the nature of

the appeals and the outcome of the appeals; 

(d) particulars of any disciplinary action taken against any officer in respect of

the administration of this Act; 

(e) the amount of charges collected by each public authority under this Act;

(f) any facts which indicate an effort by the public authorities to administer and

implement the spirit and intention of this Act;

(g) recommendations for reform, including recommendations in respect of the

particular public authorities, for the development, improvement,

modernisation, reform or amendment to this Act or other legislation or

common law or any other matter relevant for operationalising the right to

access information.

(4) The Central Government or the State Government, as the case may be, may, as

soon as practicable after the end of each year, cause a copy of the report of the Central

Information Commission or the State Information Commission, as the case may be,

referred to in sub-section (1) to be laid before each House of Parliament or, as the case may

be, before each House of the State Legislature, where there are two Houses, and where

there is one House of the State Legislature before that House. 

(5) If it appears to the Central Information Commission or State Information

Commission, as the case may be, that the practice of a public authority in relation to the

exercise of its functions under this Act does not conform with the provisions or spirit of

this Act, it may give to the authority a recommendation specifying the steps which ought in

its opinion to be taken for promoting such conformity.

 

26. (1) The appropriate Government may, to the extent of availability of financial and

other resources,— 

(a) develop and organise educational programmes to advance the understanding

of    the public, in particular of disadvantaged communities as to how to exercise

the rights contemplated under this Act; 

Monitoring and

Reporting

 

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(b) encourage public authorities to participate in the development and

organisation of programmes referred to in clause (a) and to undertake such

programmes themselves;

(c) promote timely and effective dissemination of accurate information by public

authorities about their activities; and

(d) train Central Public Information Officers or State Public Information Officers,

as the case may be, of public authorities and produce relevant training materials

for use by the public authorities themselves. 

 (2) The appropriate Government shall, within eighteen months from the

commencement of this Act, compile in its official language a guide containing such

information, in an easily comprehensible form and manner, as may reasonably be required

by a person who wishes to exercise any right specified in this Act. 

(3) The appropriate Government shall, if necessary, update and publish the guidelines

referred to in sub-section (2) at regular intervals which shall, in particular and without

prejudice to the generality of sub-section (2), include— 

(a) the objects of this Act;

(b) the postal and street address, the phone and fax number and, if available,

electronic mail address of the Central Public Information Officer or State

Public Information Officer, as the case may be, of every public authority

appointed under sub-section (1) of section 5; 

(c) the manner and the form in which request for access to an information shall be

made to a Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information

Officer, as the case may be; 

(d) the assistance available from and the duties of the Central Public Information

Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, of a public

authority under this Act; 

(e) the assistance available from the Central Information Commission or State

Information Commission, as the case may be; 

(f) all remedies in law available regarding an act or failure to act in respect of a

right or duty conferred or imposed by this Act including the manner of filing

an appeal to the Commission; 

(g) the provisions providing for the voluntary disclosure of categories of records in

accordance with section 4;

(h) the notices regarding fees to be paid in relation to requests for access to an

information; and 

(i) any additional regulations or circulars made or issued in relation to obtaining

access to an information in accordance with this Act. 

(4) The appropriate Government must, if necessary, update and publish the guidelines at

regular intervals. 

 

27. (1) The appropriate Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette,

make rules to carry out the provisions of this Act. 

(2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such

rules may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely:— 

(a) the cost of the medium or print cost price of the materials to be disseminated

under sub-section (4) of section 4;

(b) the fee payable under sub-section (1) of section 6;

(c) the fee payable under sub-sections (1) and (5) of section 7;

(d) the salaries and allowances payable to and the terms and conditions of service

of the officers and other employees under sub-section (6) of section 13 and

Power to make

rules by

appropriate

Government

 

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Repeal

 

 

 

sub-section (6) of section 16;

(e) the procedure to be adopted by the Central Information Commission or State

Information Commission, as the case may be, in deciding the appeals under

sub-section (10) of section 19; and 

(f) any other matter which is required to be, or may be, prescribed.

28. (1) The competent authority may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make

rules to carry out the provisions of this Act. 

(2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such

rules may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely:— 

(i) the cost of the medium or print cost price of the materials to be disseminated

under sub-section (4) of section 4; 

(ii) the fee payable under sub-section (1) of section 6;

(iii) the fee payable under sub-section (1) of section 7; and

(iv) any other matter which is required to be, or may be, prescribed

 

29. (1) Every rule made by the Central Government under this Act shall be laid, as

soon as may be after it is made, before each House of Parliament, while it is in session, for

a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or in two or more

successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the

session or the successive sessions aforesaid, both Houses agree in making any modification

in the rule or both Houses agree that the rule should not be made, the rule shall thereafter

have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be; so, however,

that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of

anything previously done under that rule. 

(2) Every rule made under this Act by a State Government shall be laid, as soon as

may be after it is notified, before the State Legislature. 

 

30. (1) If any difficulty arises in giving effect to the provisions of this Act, the Central

Government may, by order published in the Official Gazette, make such provisions not

inconsistent with the provisions of this Act as appear to it to be necessary or expedient for

removal of the difficulty:

Provided that no such order shall be made after the expiry of a period of two years

from the date of the commencement of this Act. 

(2) Every order made under this section shall, as soon as may be after it is made, be

laid before each House of Parliament.

 

31. The Freedom of Information Act, 2002 is hereby repealed.

 

 

 

Power to make

rules by competent

authority.

Laying of rules.

Power to remove

difficulties.

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THE FIRST SCHEDULE 

[See sections 13 (3) and 16(3)] 

Form of oath or affirmation to be made by the Chief Information

Commissioner/the Information Commissioner/the State Chief Information

Commissioner/the State Information Commissioner 

"I, ....................., having been appointed Chief Information Commissioner

/Information Commissioner / State Chief Information Commissioner / State

Information Commissioner swear in the name of God

 

                                                    solemnly affirm

that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by

law established, that I will uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India,

that I will duly and faithfully and to the best of my ability, knowledge and

judgment perform the duties of my office without fear or favour, affection

or ill-will and that I will uphold the Constitution and the laws.".

 

 SEC.1                                 THE GAZETTE OF INDIA EXTRAORDINARY                                    23

 

 

 

 

THE SECOND SCHEDULE 

(See section 24) 

Intelligence and security organisation established by the Central Government

1. Intelligence Bureau.

2. Research and Analysis Wing of the Cabinet Secretariat.

3. Directorate of Revenue Intelligence.

4. Central Economic Intelligence Bureau.

5. Directorate of Enforcement.

6. Narcotics Control Bureau.

7. Aviation Research Centre. 

8. Special Prontier Force. 

9. Border Security Force.

10. Central Reserve Police Force.

11. Indo-Tibetan Border Police.

12. Central Industrial Security Force.

13. National Security Guards.

14. Assam Rifles.

15. Special Service Bureau

16. Special Branch (CID), Andaman and Nicobar.

17. The Crime Branch-C.I.D.-CB, Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

18. Special Branch, Lakshadweep Police. 

 

T. K. VISWANATHAN,

Secy. to the Govt. of India.

Printed by THE Manager, Government of India Press, Minto Road, New Delhi

and Published by the Controller of Publications, Delhi, 2005.

MGIPMRND—1359GI(S3)—22-06-2005.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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