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DoPT memorandum on anti-bribery campaign – Awareness-cum-assistance campaign to be launched by NGOs etc on the Right to Information

Posted by rtiact2005 on June 23, 2006

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions

Department of Personnel and Training

F No 11/23/2006-IR

New Delhi dated 19 June, 2006

Office Memorandum

Subject: Awareness-cum-assistance campaign to be launched by NGOs etc on the
Right to Information

The undersigned is directed to say that for the effective and proper
implementation of the Right to Information Act, awareness among the citizens
is an important ingredient. It has come to the notice of this Department
that a national awareness-cum-assistance campaign on the Right to
Information is being planned and launched from 1st July, 2006, by a number
of civil society groups and other players in the field. It is expected that
`centres' in various cities will be organized by them to provide on the spot
assistance to members of the public who need help in filing RTI applications
and they may also publish advertisements and stories in the media to promote
awareness.

The campaign is likely to generate a large number of applications. It is
requested that all systemic arrangements as stipulated in the RTI Act and
also reiterated time and again by this Department may be ensured. Necessary
steps as indicated in this Department's OM Number 1/4/2006-IR dated
21.02.06(copy enclosed) may also be taken so that people do not have
any difficulty
in filing applications.

Ministries/Departments may also like to issue available directions to all
public authorities/CPIOs under their administrative control.

Enc: As above

C B Paliwal

Joint Secretary to the Government of India

Tel No: 23092158

To

All ministries/departments

Copy also forwarded to all Directors/Deputy Secretaries/ Under Secretaries/
Section Officers of this Ministry.

——————————————-

Enclosed OM of 21/02/06

Most Immediate

Time Bound

F.No.1/4/2006-IR

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Department of
Personnel and Training

New Delhi

Dated 21st February 2006

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

The undersigned is directed to say that the Central Information Commission,
on the basis of suggestions and complaints received from members of public,
has desired that the following steps should be taken by
Ministries/Departments regarding the Right to Information Act, 2005 within
individual jurisdiction.

1. The PIOs, APIOs and Appellate Authorities are placed in all public
authorities set up from Ministry's/Department's budget or under
administrative control of Ministry/Department, if they are not already
there.

2. Furnishing to the Central Information Commission the details of nodal
officer appointed for implementation of the Act and the complete list of
PIOs/APIOs and the Appellate Authorities alongwith their contact details,
namely addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and fax numbers.

3. Steps to taken to enable people to file their applications by post. To
make this easy, awareness should be generated through printed and electronic
media regarding the name of the bank account into which the demand draft or
bankers cheque should be accepted. The particulars of these bank accounts
should be furnished to the Central Information Commission.

4. Some Ministries/Department have appointed several Public Information
Officers having different jurisdiction. In such case a clarification may be
issued to the effect that application can be received by any PIO whose duty
it would be to direct it to the PIO concerned under intimation to the
applicant.

5. In case a person writes directly to the Head of Department/Office
enclosing the required fee, it should be ensured that application reaches
the proper PIO under intimation to the applicant.

6. The Right to Information Act, 2005 does not provide for any formal
application form for acquiring access to information. The act also states
that request for information can be sought 'in writing or through electronic
means………' therefore, application for information on plain paper are
also to be received and replied within the prescribed time limit.

7. Section 6(2) of the Right to Information Act, 2005 states that no person
seeking information shall be required to give any reason for his request.
Therefore, necessary orders may issued to all the officials in the
Ministries/Departments/Public Authorities to comply with the directives of
the Act and not to ask unnecessary questions from complainant/applicants.

It is requested that action on the above points may be taken at the earliest
and a compliance report sent to the Central Information Commission by
24/2/2006.

-Sd-
(C.A. Subramanian)

Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

To All Ministries/Departments

Copy to

PPS to Secretary (P)

PS to JS (AT &A)

PS to JS (E)

Director (Admn.)

All Director/Deputy Secretaries/Section in the this Ministry

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