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Obligations of Public Authorities

Sudhir Naib

in The Right to Information Act 2005

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780198067474
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081226 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198067474.003.0004
Obligations of Public Authorities

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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

Chapter.  15511 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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