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Right to Information

   

State Level RTI: Uttarakhand

Background

Uttaranchal is a new state, which was carved out of the State of Uttar Pradesh in 2000. Until recently, the Government of Uttranchal did not have a comprehensive access to information law.

However, before being divided, on 3 April 2000 the Government of the State of Uttar Pradesh issued an Executive Order, which brought into force the Uttar Pradesh Code Of Practice On Access To Information. In accordance with Sections 86 and 87 of the Uttar Pradesh Reorganisation Act 2000, laws existing prior to the creation of the new state remain applicable in the new state.

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 Uttaranchal.

The Uttaranchal Government has started implementing the RTI Act 2005. The Uttaranchal Government has issued RTI Fee and Cost Rules 2006.

Click here for the RTI Fee and Cost Rules issued by the Government of Uttaranchal.

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 the poverty line (BPL)

Mode of payment

Cash against receipt /demand draft/bankers cheque/Indian postal order/ treasury challan or non-judicial stamp paper.

Additional Fees:

 

A-4 / A-3 paper, photocopied or created

Rs 2 per page

Publication and printed form

At price fixed by such publication or at the cost of Rs 2 per page photocopy or printed form

Samples & Models

Actual cost

Large size paper

Actual cost

Floppy/diskette

Rs 50 per item

Inspection of records

First hour free, Rs 5 each subsequent 15 minutes

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

State Information Commission

S.N.

Name of Commissioner

Contact

1

Dr. R S Tolia
State Chief Information Commissioner

C10, Sector 1, Defence Colony
Dehradun - 248001
Off: +91-135-2666778 / 79
Fax: 0135-2666778 / 79
Mobile: 09412075025
Email: rs_tolia@rediffmail.com
/ uicddn@gmail.com

Newsupdates, Activities & Advocacy

  • In August, CHRI conducted two follow up training workshops for Master Trainers in Nainital. In all 108 officers were trained between August 16-20, 2005 who in turn have conducted sensitisation workshops in all 13 districts of Uttaranchal. The Nainital Workshop Report captures the key discussions and contains FAQs and clarifications on issues raised.

  • The Uttaranchal Goverment has been taking a lead in implementing the recently enacted RTI Act 2005. Notably, the Government has already set-up a State Task Force on RTI Implementation, constituted the Selection Committee for the appointment of the Information Commissioner(s) and prepared a time bound Action Plan on implementation. From 23-24 July 2005, the State Government in collaboration with CHRI organised a two-day state level workshop on "Implementing the Right to Information" for all Heads of Departments and other public authorities in the State. The Uttaranchal Workshop Report has been widely circulated to all Central and State Government officials as well as civil society. Based on the discussions at the workshop, the Uttaranchal Government has issued further clarificatory orders regarding the implementation of the Act. For CHRI's English translation of these orders click here.

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