RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT 2005 & DECLARATION UNDER SECTION 4(1) (b) OF THE RTI ACT 2005
The Right to Information Act intends to set out the practical regime of Right to Information for citizens to enable them to access the information under the control of public authority in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of such authority. Section 2(h) of the Act defines “public authority” as any authority or body or institution of self-governance established or constituted by or under the constitution or by law made by the Parliament or any state legislature or by notification issued by the appropriate government. It includes body owned, controlled or substantially financed by the government. In accordance with the provisions contained in section 2(j) of the Act, Right to Information means right to information accessible under this Act which is held by or under control of a public authority.
The Preamble to the RTI Act 2005 states:
“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, the constitution of a Central Information
Commission and State Information Commissions and for matters connected therewith or incidental
Whereas the Constitution of India has established democratic Republic; And whereas democracy requires an informed citizenry and transparency of information which are vital to its functioning and also to contain corruption and to hold Governments and their instrumentalities accountable to the governed;
And whereas revelation of information in actual practice 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;
And whereas it is necessary to harmonies these conflicting interests while preserving the paramountcy of the democratic ideal;
Now, therefore, it is expedient to provide for furnishing certain information to citizens who desire to have it.
Be it enacted by Parliament in the Fifty-sixth Year of the Republic of India as follows…
Follow the below link for the RTI Act 2005 in English and Bengali.
Implementation of ‘The Right to Information Act, 2005’ in the Universities / Colleges The Right to
Information Act, 2005 (22 of 2005) has been enacted by the Parliament and has come into force
from 15 June, 2005. This Act provides for 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. All Universities and Colleges established by
law made by Parliament or by State Legislature or by notification by the appropriate Government or
owned, controlled or substantially financed directly or indirectly by funds provided by the
Government shall come within the meaning of a Public Authority under this Act.
Whereas, some provisions of this act have come into effect immediately on its enactment (that is on 15 June 2005), other provisions shall come into effect on 100 / 120 days of its enactment. All universities and colleges are therefore advised to carefully go through this Act and take necessary steps for implementation of various provisions including proactive disclosure of certain kind of information. Such information shall be made available to the public at large through the website by the concerned university/college.
In adherence to RTI Act 2005, UGC Directive and Directive of Government of West Bengal, the FAA and PIO of PanchthupiHaripadaGouribalaCollege are –
A ) FIRST APPELLATE AUTHORITY
Dr. Soma Mukhopadhyay
Principal, PanchthupiHaripadaGouribala College
B ) RTI CELL
C ) SECTION 4(1) (a) OF THE RTI ACT 2005
PanchthupiHaripadaGouribala College maintains all its records duly catalogued and indexed in a manner and the form which facilitates the right to information under this Act and ensures that all records that are appropriate to be computerized are, subject to availability of resources, computerized and connected through a network all over the country on different systems so that access to such records is facilitated.
PanchthupiHaripadaGouribala College has RTI Cell to help the PIO and FAA and to expedite the process of adhering to the provisions of Law when RTI Application is received, and to maintain and update records as required by RTI Act 2005 particularly Section 4(1)(b) of the RTI Act 2005. The RTI Cell is under overall administrative supervision of the Principal. The FAA and PIO are members of the RTI Cell. Office peons also act as peons of the RTI Cell.