Delhi Right to Information Act and DCW RTI Officers
To increase openness, transparency and accountability in its working, the Government of Delhi enacted the Delhi Right to Information Act, 2001 which came into force on 02.10.2001. The Act enables people to get information from the departments and organizations of Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi in a time bound manner as a right.
The law can be used to seek details and copies of contracts of the works being carried out by the government department in one's own area to see and verify whether the contractors are carrying out the work in conformity with the specifications mentioned in the contracts. It is of paramount importance that the citizens come out and do such verifications of the works carried out in their areas.
It is also examine government policies on various issues or to get status of various government development schemes, etc.
Act has been used as a powerful tool to conduct social audit and highlight mismatch between projects/policies and what actually transpires on ground.
Right to information means right to access to information or material relating to the affairs of the National Capital Territory of Delhi excluding subjects such as land, law and order, police and Delhi Development Authority. It is includes the inspection of works, documents, records, taking notes, extracts and obtaining certified copies of documents or records taking sample.
The information can be accessed as given below: -
Information published by departments/government bodies from time to time and by making an application to designated officer of the department or government body.
Applicants can file applications for inspection of records. A fee of Rs. 15/- is charged for inspection of records for a period of 15 minutes or a fraction thereof. Only such documents are permissible for inspection which can be given under the Act. Inspection of other documents is not permissible.
Information can also be collected only after the deposit of the full amount due with the authorized person nominated by the Competent Authority.
If the request for information is made to the wrong Competent Authority, the competent authority will return the application in "Form-B" normally within 15 days but not later than 30 days from the date of application. while returning the application the Competent Authority shall try to advise the applicant about the appropriate authority to whom the application should be made. The application fee deposited will however not be refunded.
A nominal application fee of Rs. 25/- (Rupees Twenty Five Only) per application is charged for supply of information. In addition, a sum of Rs. 5/- (Rupees Five Only) per page is charged for supply of information, if the information runs in more than one page. The application fee is to be deposited with the designated official in the office of Competent Authority.
Time frame for supplying Information:
Government will make its endeavor to provide the information in 15 days subject to a maximum of 30 days.
Deny of information:
The following type of information can be withheld:
- Information, which will be against the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India or security of National Capital Territory of Delhi.
- Information relating to personal matters of individual leading to invasion of personal privacy.
- Trade and commerce secrets.
- Information which may endanger the life and physical safety of any person.
- Cabinet papers and records relating to deliberations of the Council of Ministers.
- Minutes of advice, opinion and recommendations in taking executive decisions.
- Information which may constitute a breach of privilege of Parliament or Legislative Assembly, etc.
Filing of Appeal:
An appeal can be filed before the Public Grievances Commission, Govt. of NCT of Delhi for refusal, delays, or giving false information. The appeal can be filed within 30 days in Form-E alongwith a fee of Rs. 50/- (Rupees Fifty Only).
In case appeal is allowed, the Competent Authority shall supply the information to the applicant within such period as ordered by the Appellate Authority. This period shall not exceed 30 days from the date of receipt of the order.
Provision for Second Appeal:
There is no provision for second appeal under the Act.
Whosoever being bound to supply the information fails to furnish the information asked for under the Act within the time specified or fails to communicate the rejection order shall be liable to pay a penalty of Rs. 50/- per day for delayed period beyond the 30 days subject to a maximum of Rs. 500/- per application.
In case the information supplied is found to be false in any material particular and which the person bound to supply it knows or has reasonable cause to believe it to be false or does not believe it to be true, the person supplying the information shall be liable to pay a penalty of Rs. 1000/- per application.
Complaints about working of various departments/autonomous bodies/undertakings/Delhi Police for their non-performance, omissions and commissions etc. can be filed with the following address:
Public Grievances Commission
Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi M-Block,
2nd Floor, Vikas Bhawan, I. P. Estate,
New Delhi-110 002.
Complaints involving corrupt practices or having vigilance angle can be filed with the following address:
Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi,
4th Level, C-Wing, Delhi Secretariat,
New Delhi-110 002.
Complaints against public functionaries such as Ministers, MLAs, Municipal Councilors and other elected representatives can be filed with the following address:
Office of the Lokayukta
Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi
G-Block, 1st Floor, Vikas Bhawan,
I. P. Estate, New Delhi-110 002
Delhi Commission for Women
Details of First Appellate Authority: Sh .P.P. Dhal, Member Secretary, DCW
Details of Public Information Officer: Mr. Vijay Chandna, Deputy Secretary, DCW
Details of Assistant Public Information Officer: Mr. Gautam Majumdar, Assistant Secretary, DCW
Details of dealing Assistant: Mr. Y.K. Arya, Gr. II Steno