The Challenges of Cultural Diversity

The Challenges of Cultural Diversity

Question

Discuss the characteristics of the Right to Information Act.

Answer

This Act was passed by the Parliament on 15 June, 2005 and came into force on 13 October, 2005 by virtue of continuous representation made by several civil societies i.e. NGOs of this country. It confers each citizen of India except that of Jammu and Kashmir, to make an access to government records pertaing to this matter. Under this act, each person whosoever is willing to know the fate of his case; may request to get information from concerned public authority and that authority is bound to provide desired information to him no later than 30 days from the date that request is made in written. The authorities will have computerised their records and get certain categories of information published.

This Act overrides the official Secrets Act, 1923 and all others under which official information was prohibited.

Procedure : Citizen has to write simple application for that purpose in duplicate and get duplicate copy duly acknowledged by the concerned authority. They can inspect documents, works and records, obtain information in the form of diskettes, floppies, types, video casettes or in any other electronic mode. The stored up data bear the purpose, summed-up reference etc. with applicants' name address, telephone numbers etc.

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