The Right to Information Act 2005 provides for setting out the practical regime of Right to Information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of public authorities, in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority.
The Act extends to the whole of India except Jammu and Kashmir.
RIGHT TO INFORMATION AND OBLIGATIONS OF PUBLIC AUTHORITIES
Every citizen has right to information.
Every authority needs to maintain all its records in a manner and the form which facilitates the right to information under this Act and also needs to ensure that all the records are computerized and connected through a network all over the country on different systems so that access to such records is facilitated.
Under the provision of this Act every public authority has to make constant endeavor to take steps in accordance with the requirements of the act:
a. To provide as much information suo motu to the public at regular intervals through various means of communications, including internet, so that the public has minimum resort to use of this Act to obtain information.
b. The information must be disseminated widely and in such form and manner which is easily accessible to the public.
c. The information should be disseminated taking into consideration the cost effectiveness, local language and most effective method of communication in that local area and the information should be easily accessible to the extent possible in electronic format with the Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, available free or at cost of the medium or the print cost as may be prescribed.