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State Level RTI: Chhattisgarh

Background

The State of Chhattisgarh was carved out of the existing state of Madhya Pradesh in 2000. Since that time, Chhattisgarh has not passed a comprehensive law on right to information.

However, because Chhattisgarh was previously a part of the State of Madhya Pradesh, the Executive Orders to provide access to information, which were passed by the Madhya Pradesh Government while Chhattisgarh was still a part of that state, became applicable to the new State of Chhattisgarh. As per Section 78 and 79 of the Madhya Pradesh Reorganisation Act 2000, the law already in force in the state of Madhya Pradesh when the state of Chhattisgarh was created remains applicable to the state of Chhattisgarh. On 31 October 2002, the Department of General Administration issued a circular to all the government departments affirming this position.

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 Chhattisgarh.

The Chhattisgarh Government has started implementing the RTI Act 2005. Click here for the RTI Fee Rules and the RTI Appeals Rules issued by the Government of Chhattisgarh. The Chhattisgarh Government issued the Chhattisgarh Right to Information (fees and Charges) Rules 2007 . and Chhattisgarh vidhanSabha RTI Rules, 2012.

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

Details of Fee & Costs

Application

Rs 10

Mode of payment

Cash against receipt/ treasury challan.
Money order
Non judicial stamp

Additional Fees:

(A-4 / A-3 ) paper created or photo copies

Rs 2 per page

Publication and printed form

Actual cost fixed and Rs 2 per page of photocopy and information in printed form

Large size paper

Actual cost price

Sample or models

Actual cost price

Floppy/CD/diskette or any other electronic mode

Rs 50 per item

Inspection of records

Rs 50 for first hour

For BPL requestors: If information relates to life of person - to be provided in form requested; If other information, which can be given in 50 photocopied A4 pages within Rs 100- to be provided in form requested; if more than 50 pages or cost of production more than Rs 100 - requestor to inspect records/files.

Non-BPL requestors: If information relates to life of person - to be provided in the form requested, cost of production at Rs 100 per page or calculated by considering cost of human resources, computer time, etc.

Appeal Fees:

First Appeal

Rs 50 (Rs 75 where appeal is made by post)

Second Appeal

Rs 100 ( Rs 125 where it made by post)

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

State Information Commission

S.N.

Name of Commissioner

Contact

1

Mr. Serjius Minj
State Chief Information Commissioner

Nirmal Chayya Bhawan,
Near Bottle House, Mira Dattar Road,
Shankar Nagar
Raipur - 492 007
Ph.0771-4024406
Email : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website:www.siccg.gov.in

2

Shri. Anil Joshi
State Information Commissioner

3

Shri. S.K. Tiwari
State Information Commissioner

Newsupdates, Activities & Advocacy

  • A K Vijayvargiya has been sworn in as the Chief Information Commissioner of Chhattisgarh. Mr Vijayvargiya, who was the Chief Secretary, opted for voluntary retirement from service following his appointment as the Chief Information Commissioner. Talking to newsmen, Mr Vijayvargiya said he would strive to popularise the provisions of the Act so that more people could seek information under the act. Mr Rajendra Prasad Bagai has been appointed as the new Chief Secretary in place of Mr Vijayvargiya.

Resources & Articles

Government

CHRI

  • CHRI (2006) The Right to Information and Panchayati Raj Institutions: Chhattisgarh as a Case Study, written by Sohini Paul and edited by Charmaine Rodrigues.
  • 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.

Miscellaneous

Staff Reporter (2005) Vijayvargiya Takes Oath As Info Commissioner in Chhattisgarh, 7 November, UNI.

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