What does information mean?
Information has the same meaning as records. Records are information held in any form or medium by a Government agency, relevant private entity or private entity, whether or not it was created by any of them or came into existence before the commencement of the RTI Act, and includes:
- A record in writing, a document, manuscript, file
- A film (including microfilm), negative, microfiche, facsimile copy of a document
- A map, plan, graph, or drawing, a photograph
- A disc, tape, sound track or other device in which sounds or other data are embodied, whether electronically or otherwise, so as to be capable (with or without the aid of some other equipment) or being reproduced
- (e) an email, memo, opinion, advice, press releases, circular, order, logbook, contract, report, samples and models
What does RTI mean?
RTI means the right to information that is accessible under the RTI Act and which is held by or under the control of a Government agency, relevant private entity or private entity, and includes, but is not limited to the right to:
- Take notes, extracts or certified copes of records or information
- Inspect work, documents or records
- Take certified samples of materials
- Obtain information in the form of compact discs, diskettes, floppy discs, tapes, video cassettes or in any other electronic mode or through printouts where such information is stored in a computer or in any other device
Who are RTI Officers (RTIOs)?
RTIO are officers designated by Government agencies under the RTI Act to provide information to the citizens requesting for information under the RTI Act.
What are the functions of the RTI officers?
A RTI Officer has the following functions:
- To promote, within the respective bodies, the best practices in relation to:
- The right to information, its importance and the role of officials in facilitating that right
- Records management, archiving and disposal of records
- To serve as central contact for receiving applications for information
- To assist persons seeking information under the RTI Act
- To receive complaints under the RTI Act
- To carry out any other functions as set out in the RTI Act or any other Act
What information is excempted under RTI law?
- Personal information
- Legal privilege
- Commercial confidential, Public economic interests
- National security and Law enforcement
- Health and safety, Heritage sites and the environment
- Policy making and operations of agencies