Restrictions on Furnishing Information
While there are a few restrictions on providing information to the public, these can be summarized as those affecting the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the National Capital Territory, international relations, information such as would incite violence; which would constitute a clear and unwarranted invasion of personal privacy and having no relationship with any activity of the government, information which would have a prejudicial effect on the conduct of Centre-State relations; trade and commercial secrets or information protected by law are also debarred. Similarly, information whose release would constitute a breach of privilege of Parliament or the legislative assembly, information which if disclosed would endanger the lives or physical safety of any person or identify the source of information given in confidence to law enforcement or security agencies are also excluded. the Delhi Act has the least number of restrictions compared to other State Acts.) Minutes or records of advise including legal advise, opinions, recommendations made by an officer or public authority during the decision making process prior to the executive decision or policy formulation are also to be withheld. Advise given on file to the Lieutenant Governor, Cabinet minutes including records of discussions of the Council of Ministers, Secretaries and other officers are similarly withheld.
All Other Matters to Fall Within the Purview of the Right to Information Act
Other than the maters listed above, under the Right to Information Act, 2001, it is mandatory for almost all other information to be provided. the Rules provide for payment that has to be made on application as well as for inspection of documents or accessing photocopies of documents.