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The Right to Information Act 2005A Handbook$
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Sudhir Naib

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198067474

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198067474.001.0001

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Obligations of Public Authorities

Obligations of Public Authorities

(p.72) 4 Obligations of Public Authorities
The Right to Information Act 2005

Sudhir Naib

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the guidelines for public authorities and their respective obligations under the RTI Act, 2005. It presents important decisions of the Central Information Commission (CIC) and instructions of the Indian government. It states that Public Information Officers (PIOs) help in making the right of information a reality, especially for the Indian citizens who are requesting for information. The specific duties of these PIOs as stated in the Act are identified. It then discusses the actual arrangement of the public authorities under the law. The Act also states that in case of a default, the PIOs are held liable for a penalty. This chapter ends by stressing the need for all the officials of a public authority to have intensive knowledge of the provisions of the Act.

Keywords:   guidelines for public authorities, public authorities, obligations, Central Information Commission, right of information, default, Public Information Officers

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