Level RTI: Chandigarh
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
The RTI Act 2005 covers all Central, State and local government
bodies and applies to the Union Territory of Chandigarh.
Chandigarh Administration has started implementing the RTI Act 2005.
Click here to view the Right
to Information Regulation of Fee and Cost Rules 2005 and Right
to Information Appeal Rules 2005 notified by the Central Government.
of Fee & Costs:
against receipt/ demad draft/bankers cheque
/ A-3 size paper
2 per page
cost, subject to a minimum of Rs 20 per page
|Inspection of records
||No fees for the first hour and a fee of Rs
5 for each 15 minute or a fraction thereof.
|Publication in printed form
||At the price fixed for such publication at
Rs 2 per page of photocopy for extracts from the publication.
Second Appeals and complaints against non-disclosure of information
may be filed with the Central Information Commission. Central Information
||Name of Commissioner
Activities & Advocacy
RTI Act 2005 has received a lukewarm response from Chandigarh's
residents. Excepting a few, most U.T. departments have not received
a single application. The departments
which have started receiving applications include the Estate Office,
Excise and Taxation Department, Forest Department, Health Department,
Engineering, Advertisement and Department and Municipal Corporation.
Experts attribute the low response to a lack of public awareness
on the RTI Act 2005 and have stated that the U.T. Administration
should hold awareness raising camps. Meanwhile, a number of departments
are not yet fully prepared to implement the RTI Act 2005.
Party's City Chief, Ajay Jagga has said the U.T. Administration
is hesitant in implementing the RTI Act in its true spirit.
Addressing a press conference, he said the Administration has
not done its homework in terms of its implementation in the
U.T. He added that the Administration has been very secretive
about the RTI Act and has failed to provide the public the information
required under it, indicating that they not serious about implementing
the RTI Act 2005.
one of the RTI Act 2005 coming into force in Chandigarh saw a
poor response from the public. According to officials, the
idea was new and it would take time to get into the public mind.
Meanwhile, the public feels more needs to be done to popularize
the RTI Act through meetings, lectures and demonstrations. Councillors
of the local Municipal Corporation amongst others also feel that
no proper notices have been put on notice boards of offices clarifying
procedures to the public. In a press note, the Chandigarh Administration,
has said it has taken all steps for implementing the RTI Act including
designating CPIOs, CAPIOs and Appellate Authorities in all departments
and the proactive disclosure of information via department notice
boards and the administration website.
- 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
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