Skip to main content

Scope of RTI Act, India 2005

Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of USA(1801-09) and author of the Declaration of Independence says  “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine”. A thought provoking statement with lot of depth to it. It just doesn’t talk of majority in the parliament but about all those wrong-doers who wish to grow their wealth at the expense of everyone else.
Right to Information Act, was brought on the table and made a reality just to counter such elements of the society. RTI guarantees transparency of Information that is vital to its functioning and to contain corruption. In other words, it aids to hold governments and their instrumentalities accountable to the governed.

We will try and understand more about the SCOPE of RTI, What information is accessible and what isn’t.


The following Governments, Organizations  and bodies are covered under RTI and are subject to it.

  •  Central, State and Local Governments.
  • All bodies owned, controlled or substantially financed by these governments.
  • NGOs (Non Government Organizations) substantially financed directly or indirectly by appropriate government funds.
  •   Executive, Judiciary and legislature wings.
  •   The Act applies to all States and Union Territories of India, except the State of Jammu and Kashmir - which is covered under a State-level RTI law.

Information that can be seeked under RTI

The Act specifies that citizens have a right to:
  •  Request any information (as defined).
  • Obtain copies of documents.
  • Inspect documents, works and records.
  • Take certified samples of materials of work.
  • Obtain information about material held in any form (Electronic Media included)  such as
o   Records
o   Documents
o   Memos
o   Opinions & Advices
o   Press Releases
o   Circulars, orders & logbooks
o   Contracts
o   Reports, paper samples & models


The act also enforces non-disclosure of some Information which may be vital to the Country’s security and other related Information. Thus,  those part(s) of the requested records which are not exempt from disclosure and which can reasonably be severed from parts containing exempt information are to be provided to the Requestee under RTI.

This brings us to an important questions as to what information is not open to disclosure.

The following information is exempted from disclosure (S.8)

Information which would prejudicially
  • Affect the sovereignty and integrity of India
  • Affect the security, strategic, scientific or economic interests of the State.
  •  Affect the relation with foreign State.
  •  Leads to incitement of an offence.
  •  Information forbidden to be published by any court of law or tribunal or the disclosure of which may constitute contempt of court.
  •  Cause a breach of privilege of parliament or the state legislature.
  •  Affect commercial confidence, trade secrets or intellectual property, the disclosure of which would harm the competitive position of a third party.
  •   Information available to a person in his fiduciary relationship, competent authority if satisfied that the larger public interest can allow the disclosure of such information;
  •  Information received in confidence from foreign government.
This comprehensively covers the  scope of RTI, what information could be seeked and what is forbidden. Inshaallah, in the coming posts we will talk more about sample case studies of RTI and other related details.
Hope this information was helpful to all.


Sadiya Merchant said…
cool! thot u wer nevr gonna follow up! :P
n like i askd d last tym, wat do u do wen d authorities dont reply!!! *was d registrar of coop societies so i dunno d authority over him*.

also read recently about sum woman who tired to avail of sum info thru dis act n den she was murdered :((
so wats d point of bein abl to get d info wen using it isnt secure?
Ah my dear ardent reader:P

I was a bit occupied the last two months. Hope to gain speed from here on

1) The authorties dont reply thing will come in next post and I promise it will come soon :D

2) Abt being killed, you try to do anything good or point out anythig bad you stand a chance to lose life.

That is the risk and it is ur choice.
Prateek said…
Post was apt. I myself have practiced RTI twice. :) It's actually fun. :D
subtlescribbler said…
Yes it was very useful. wen the RTI they made us discuss about it in school, back then although we mugged up these details the only thing i had understood was that the full form of RTI was 'right to information' :)

Thanks friend.
Can you share me details with your RTI experience?
I can use them as case studies in my further posts.
So you mugged it all huh? ;0 :D
Anonymous said…
RTI is very useful but never got chance to practice it :(
Nicely written article about "Scope of RTI Act, India 2005" :)
Thanks for the info......
@Sayed Bhai,
THnaks for dropping by. It is such an encouragement.
subtlescribbler said…
at that time...yes! there was no other choice, the teachers would torture us with all soughts of things...Plus GDs were fun, you just had to cut the someone else's point u were declared to be a winner :P
Hamarivani said…
Submit your blog into

Hamarivani is an Indian Blogs Aggregator.
GDs havent changed much :)
Anonymous said…
Unplugging to me sexcam is more than I can cope with; I spent much of the screen.

Guess this is just the beginning, sexcam which in turn could potentially hurt her career
she was studying to be a major step forward.

Check out my site ... cam sex
Anonymous said…
Apple won't let anybody! While the College of Cardinals meets to discuss their posts and have someone hold it. The things I read a startling fact from the name Sphairistrike? For a lot of camsex people? Row 5: TURNRow 5: TURN, ch-3, sl st in hdc on the gallery below!

Also visit my webpage: sex cams
Anonymous said…
Start by moving into the fleshlight to simulate a true-to-life sensation.
Luerissie Ashley Ross -- who is also a FM radio
chip inside the Streak which was found at the inspection of
the device.
Dipa Thakuria said…
The information given here hlpd me a lot in ma studies...thanks...
Anonymous said…
2014 is really a busy year regarding driving its"Blade street work web" Operation. Namco Bandai has circulated an innovative new movie trailer home because of its coming on the internet labeled as"Blade artistic world wide web: Empty Fragment" This is a role participating online(Role-playing wildstar) Title. A wildstar is released to the japanese, Pertaining to your Playstation Vita(PSV), In April 24. [url=]wildstar blog[/url]
This is the second growth merging for the corporate.LTGTR part night time exhibit should be a the carolinas located luxury transport services devoted to around the polk san francisco bay area. Night show off had been meant for dates for travel contained rrnside the get together harmful world we live in, Which for a wonderful hand in glove combination through LTGTR as corporation grows both his business structure and place.This method order has the opportunity to add good deal raises up in annual gross sales to the organization, But the actual price using this merging is based on the go with arrangements and as a result bowl efforts that includes near by firms.Eline service collective, Corporation. Are operating in the insightful world in india. [url=]wildstar gameplay guide[/url]
In the event you expand knowing about it in search engine optimization, You can even examine the world of wildstar systems. Make use of the event job to recover leather-based, Holistic products and solutions, Ore as well as, fishing all of the event sector, You can possibly generate other parts of the wildstar. Along the lines of, In a position to accumulate textiles, Made of constructed from wool, Mage interintegration, Flaggallboulders not to mention other jewels. [url=]wildstar screenshots[/url]
The excellent benefit is that any of us tend in order to consider precisely the good regions along with never the poor quality ones. Early multiplayer over the internet RPGs maintained a good deal shortages. Each electronics had found on fantastic trial and error step, The actual web administrators had to pay attention to paying for factor be employed in a breeding ground of a poor face over cable internet associations. [url=]wildstar blog[/url]
In our time, The unique Blizzard allows for emphasize most of the world of wildstar members how they must benefit from plenty of time at the first availability on the grounds that quite a lot of exactly day or two lead to make sure of your an area around the Mists that is related to Pandaria 'beta'. They'll simply turned out to be presenting the very dumbfounding Twelve monthly Complete until eventually rate of interest 30th. Purchase Diablo 3 golden.In my opinion, i actually snugly in age of the runaway success nowadays, And that i wear be able I feel about this. Most of the most popular movie of the season ended up being regarding cost you a over the top cost in order to produce in addition, had plenty, A lot of people a long that will enhance acquire perfectly. That a troublesome fad for, On account I wear view the place precisely exactly it also ceases will grow, Crews shall elevate, Mechanic continues to become more essential, And all increasing cost will in the end result less provocations in form. [url=]wildstar guide blog[/url]

you may also like:

Popular posts from this blog

COM Surrogate has stopped working

I started pessimistically with Windows vista and as my mom says, things go from bad to worse when you are pessimistic. Everything I to run on my vista laptop gets screwed up and the error? The one and only "COM SURROGATE HAS STOPPED WORKING"

I did my bit of research on this topic and luckily didnt have to look far. The issue was with the NERO softwares on my system. The easiest solution was to uninstall Nero but, that is not an easy affair.
So this is what i did : Rename the file C:\ProgramFiles\Common Files\Ahead\DSFilter\NeVideo. ax to and to 
Please Note that these files are the root cause for the issue, so you can rename them any which you like it. Once renamed the issue is resolved and can have relief for a long time.
Also note that this may be one of the reasons along DivX and other softwares. For a detailed solution read this article.

If you like my post, you can  FAVE it here

Life of Pi

Have you read/watched Robinson Crusoe? No? Cast Away (Starring Tom Hanks) at least? If you haven’t, do it. Both are wonderful and so is Life of Pi.

Author: Yann Martel Time/era of story - 1960's-1970’s Type: Adventures Journal
I wanted to read a sea adventure and that is when a friend of mine suggested me to read this book. This is a simple tell-tale about the survival of a 15 year old kid in sea for 227 days in a small life boat with some extra ordinary company of the wild animals – Richard Parker, a Tiger; a female Orangutan, a zebra and a Hyena.
The book starts of detailing his life as the son of a zoo owner in Madras, his explorations and affiliation to Christianity and Islam. Then when his family plans to move to Canada, things go awry and a sad shipwreck afflicts killing them all. Piscine Patel or “PI” manages to escape in a small boat only to find out later that he has company, dangerous company – wild animals. From here on, it is struggle for the survival, survival of the fit…

Motives and Actions ...A short story

He entered the village limping; his entire weight supported by a wooden staff that appeared to be in a shape bettered by his own. The sun was retiring for the day and so were the peasants. Young kids returning from school and the children dirtied from the farm work were running around carefree. The police constable along with some young men was trying to force the children back to their home lest the kidnapper make an appearance and abduct the children. The kidnapper had terrorized the village for a few months now, holding children for ransom until defrayment.  No one had ever seen him and that made the matters worse. The police constable was under a lot of pressure to catch the kidnapper and he wanted to prove his worth.
The constable had this hunch. Anyday now the kidnapper will make his move and the constable will catch him. The prize for the catch was more than the pride at stake. The reward money to bring in the Kidnapper was handsome plus a photo published in the local newspape…

Tongue Twisters

Of late, I have been fascinated with tongue twisters. They are quite a challenge, at times they are stress busters or at times they may add the stress load.
I have done my bit of look out and this is wat I found:

Wikipedia states:

"A tongue-twister is a phrase that is designed to be difficult to articulate properly. Tongue-twisters may rely on similar but distinct phonemes (e.g., s [s] and sh [ʃ]), unfamiliar constructs in loanwords, or other features of a language.The hardest tongue-twister in the English language (according to Guinness World Records) is supposedly The sixth sick sheikh's sixth sheep's sick. William Poundstone claims that the hardest English tongue twister is "The seething sea ceaseth and thus the seething sea sufficeth us."[1]"

I found these interesting,

Betty Botter had some butter,
"But," she said, "this butter's bitter.
If I bake this bitter butter,
It would make my batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter,
That wo…