Right to Information is an Act to provide freedom to every citizen to secure access to Information under the control of public authorities, consistent with Public interest, in order to promote openness, transparency and accountability in administration and in relation to matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
The Right to Information Bill was passed by the Parliament on 13th May 2005. The Bill got the Presidential assent on 15th June to become the Right to Information, Act, 2005. It is an Act to provide 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.
Informed citizenry and transparency of information are vital to the functioning of democracy. The Act provides for a system of accountability of the Government towards those who are governed and would benefit in increasing transparency and containing corruption.
The actual practice of the Act is likely to conflict with other public interests including efficient operations of the Governments, optimum use of limited fiscal resources and the preservation of confidentiality of sensitive information; but the need is to harmonize this conflicting interest while preserving the paramount of the democratic ideals.
In an effort to bring about transparency and accountability and to implement the provisions of the Right to Information Act, DC (MSME) has made an attempt to provide certain information to citizens to empower them to exercise their Right to Information. DC (MSME) has also designated CPIOs in all its field offices and autonomous bodies for dissemination of information. These organizations will have their separate set up for public to gain information on issues pertaining to the unit.
The DC (MSME), through a network of field offices and autonomous bodies plays an important role in the promotion and development of micro, small & medium enterprises
For facilitating the supply of Information to the citizen the DC(MSME) and its field offices have already setup Information Facilitation Counters in their office.
In case the Information is not available in the manual as well as at the counter, the said information can be sought under the Right to Information Act by applying in the prescribed format. The format along with the prescribed fees may be deposited at the counters. The receipt will then be forwarded to the concerned Central Public Information officer / Assistant Public Information officer and a date for receiving the Information would be given to the applicant.
In case the Information cannot be made available, the cause for not making available such Information would be given to the applicant in the prescribed period. If unsatisfied with the reply the applicant can seek redressal of his grievance from the appellate authority designated for the purpose.
For providing information, this office charges a fee at the rate of Rupees two per page for printed Information. Rupees fifty per floppy and Rupees hundred in case of Information sought on CDs. In case Information is sought in form of Videocassettes, the charges would be Rs. 500/-.
However, as under the RTI Act no fees will be charged for the persons below poverty line. The request for obtaining information under subsection (1) of section 6 shall be accompanied by the application fees of Rupees ten by way of cash against proper receipt or by demand draft or bankers cheque payable to the PAO (MSME), Chennai.
The names, designation and other particulars of Appellate authority & Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) of this institute (Under section 4(1) (b) (xvi) of Right to Information Act, 2005) is given below:
" RTI Act 2005 : Link to http://www.dcmsme.gov.in/rtia.htm
" Details of AA/CPIO: Downloadable Document
" Status of Application: Link to Uploadable file
" Section 4 of RTI Act: Link to Writeup bellow
" RTI Annual Return Information System: Link to a Uploadable file
Section 4 of RTI Act:
1. Every public authority shall-
o maintain all its records duly catalogued and indexed in a manner and the form which facilitates the right to information under this Act and ensure that all records that are appropriate to be computerised are, within a reasonable time and subject to availability of resources, computerised and connected through a network all over the country on different systems so that access to such records is facilitated;
o publish within one hundred and twenty days from the enactment of this Act,-
i. the par ticulars of its organisation, functions and duties;
ii. the powers and duties of its officers and employees;
iii. the procedure followed in the decision making process, including channels of supervision and accountability;
iv. the norms set by it for the discharge of its functions;
v. the rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records, held by it or under its control or used by its employees for discharging its functions;
vi. a statement of the categories of documents that are held by it or under its control;
vii. the particulars of any arrangement that exists for consultation with, or representation by, the members of the public in relation to the formulation of its policy or implementation thereof;
viii. a statement of the boards, councils, committees and other bodies consisting of two or more persons constituted as its part or for the purpose of its advice, and as to whether meetings of those boards, councils, committees and other bodies are open to the public, or the minutes of such meetings are accessible for public;
ix. a directory of its officers and employees;
x. the monthly remuneration received by each of its officers and employees, including the system of compensation as provided in its regulations;
xi. the budget allocated to each of its agency, indicating the particulars of all plans, proposed expenditures and reports on disbursements made;
xii. the manner of execution of subsidy programmes, including the amounts allocated and the details of beneficiaries of such programmes;
xiii. particulars of recipients of concessions, permits or authorisations granted by it;
xiv. details in respect of the information, available to or held by it, reduced in an electronic form;
xv. the particulars of facilities available to citizens for obtaining information, including the working hours of a library or reading room, if maintained for public use;
xvi. the names, designations and other particulars of the Public Information Officers;
xvii. such other information as may be prescribed; and thereafter update these publications every year;
publish all relevant facts while formulating important policies or announcing the decisions which affect public;
provide reasons for its administrative or quasi-judicial decisions to affected persons.
It shall be a constant endeavour of every public authority to take steps in accordance with the requirements of clause (b) of sub-section (1) to provide as much information suo motu to the public at regular intervals through various means of communications, including internet, so that the public have minimum resort to the use of this Act to obtain information.
For the purposes of sub-section (1), every information shall be disseminated widely and in such form and manner which is easily accessible to the public.
All materials shall be disseminated taking into consideration the cost effectiveness, local language and the 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 such cost of the medium or the print cost price as may be prescribed.
Explanation - For the purposes of sub-sections (3) and (4), "disseminated" means making known or communicated the information to the public through notice boards, newspapers, public announcements, media broadcasts, the internet or any other means, including inspection of offices of any public authority.