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State Level RTI: Uttar Pradesh


Background

Until recently, Uttar Pradesh did not have a comprehensive access to information law. However, on 3 April 2000, the Uttar Pradesh Government issued Executive Orders establishing the Code Of Practice On Access To Information to provide some level of access to information to citizens. The Code was issued as interim measure to ensure access to information to people.

The Code was intended to apply relatively comprehensively, including government offices, corporations, councils, public sector undertakings, directorates, Boards, local bodies and tax commissioners within its scope, as well as contractors or agencies which carried out functions on behalf of a public body. However, on 25 March 2000, the State Ministerial Committee on Economic Development decided to make the Code applicable only to the Public Works Department, Department of Agriculture and the Tax and Consolidation Department as the first stage of implementation. It does not appear that any steps have been taken since to extend the application of the Code.

Law

In May 2005, the national Right to Information Act 2005 was passed by Parliament. The RTI Act 2005 received Presidential assent on 15 June and came fully into force on 12 October 2005. (For more information on the passage of the RTI Act 2005 and implementation at the national level, click here.) The RTI Act 2005 covers all Central, State and local government bodies and applies to the State Government of Uttar Pradesh.

The Uttar Pradesh Government has started implementing the RTI Act 2005. Click here for the RTI Fee and Cost Rules issued by the Government of Uttar Pradesh. The Uttar Pradesh Government issued the Uttar Pradesh Right to Information (Fees and Costs Details) (Amendment) Rules, 2006.

For a list of Public Information Officers and Appellate Authorities designated by the State Government, click here.

Details of Fee & Costs:

Application

Rs 10; free for those below poverty line

Mode of payment

Cash /demand draft/bank cheque

Additional Fees:

 

A-4 / A-3 paper

Rs 2 per page

Large size paper

Actual cost

Sample, models

Actual cost

Floppy/diskette

Rs 50

Inspection of records

First hour Rs 10, Rs 5 for each subsequent 15 minute or a fraction thereof.

Publication and printed form

Printed price, photocopies at Rs 2 per page of photocopy or in printed form

 

Second Appeals and complaints against non-disclosure of information may be filed with the Uttar Pradesh State Information Commission.

State Information Commission Contact Details

U.P. Information Commission
7/7A, RTI Bhawan,
Vibhuti Khand, Gomti Nagar
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
E-mail : webmaster.upic@gmail.com

Website:  http://upsic.up.nic.in/

Newsupdates, Activities & Advocacy

Resources & Articles

Government

CHRI

  • CHRI (2005) Forwarding Information Requests and Appeals: A Step by Step Guide for Assistant Public Information Officers under the Right to Information Act 2005, prepared by Mr Venkatesh Nayak.
  • CHRI (2005) Processing Information Requests: A Step by Step Guide for Assistant Public Information Officers under the Right to Information Act 2005, prepared by Mr Venkatesh Nayak.
  • For CHRI's posters on RTI click here.
  • For information on CHRI's activities in Uttar Pradesh, click here.
     

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