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Right to Information

WSS is organising programmes for awareness generation on Right to Information. During a camp held with support from Indo Global Social Service Society, WSS provided the following information about this right:

  1. The person who wants to get any information under this act should submit the application in writing or with electronic device in English, Hindi or in the official language of that region, along with fees of ten rupees to the information officer of the department concerned.
  2. Though the application should be in writing, a person who cannot write can demand the information verbally. He will be helped by the information officer to make it in writing. Citizens can apply through e-mail for the information.
  3. Information will be provided in the same style, as far as possible, in which it is demanded.
  4. Under any circumstances, the information officer will make the information available within 30 days, or will reject on the basis of the reasons under which it is prohibited for the welfare of the country.
  5. It is necessary to provide the information within 48 hours if the information demanded is related to the life of an individual or to freedom of the country.
  6. If the application is rejected by the information officer then he will inform the applicant of the reasons of rejection. He will also inform the applicant that if he wants to present an appeal against this rejection, within what time he has to present it and the officer will also provide the details of the officers to whom appeal can be done.
  7. If the information is not made available to the applicant within the given time, the responsible officer will have to pay a fine of Rs 250 per day. The officer is liable to pay a maximum of Rs 25,000.
  8. If the information is not available to the applicant even after this, he can go to the higher authorities, appellate officer and to information commission, afterwards. The commission has the right to listen to the complaint as well as to summon the related officers.