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The Delhi Right To Information Act And How It Is Used

Main Provisions Of The Act And Responsibilities Of The Public Authority

The Delhi Right to Information Act 2001and Rules there under were enacted in the year 2001 to provide every citizen the right to obtain information from government departments through a duly designated Competent Authority* Under the Act, in the first place, a public authority is expected to maintain all its records, duly catalogued and indexed. A Public Authority is defined as a body established or constituted by organs of the Constitution or by any law made by the government and includes any other body owned, controlled or substantially financed by funds provided directly or indirectly by the Government of NCT of Delhi.

The Act requires every public authority to publish at regular intervals all particulars of the organization, the powers and duties of officers, the procedure followed by them in the decision making process, the norms set by the public authority for discharging its functions, copies of all laws, bye-laws, Rules, Regulations, details of facilities available to citizens for obtaining information and the name, resignation and particulars of the Competent Authority.(A second level officer of each Department is appointed by name as the Competent Authority and he has to supply the information as per the Act.)

The Public Authority is also expected to publish all relevant facts concerning important decisions and policies that affect the public, to give reasons for its decisions whether administrative or quasi--judicial to those affected by such decisions. Before initiating any project, the public authority is expected to publish or communicate to the public generally affected by the decision the facts available to it, in the best interests of maintenance of democratic principles.*Amended List of Competent Authorities of F&S, Education, L&B, Dte. of local bodies is Annexed.