,on 15th June, 2005). Some provisions came into force with immediateeffect viz. obligations of public authorities [S.4(1)], designation of PublicInformation Officers and Assistant Public Information Officers[S.5(1) and5(2)], constitution of Central Information Commission (S.12 and 13),constitution of State Information Commission (S.15 and 16), non-applicability of the Act to Intelligence and Security Organizations (S.24)and power to make rules to carry out the provisions of the Act (S.27 and28).
Who is covered?
The Act extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu andKashmir. [S.(12)]
What does information mean?
Information means any material in any form including records, documents,memos, e-mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders,logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material heldin any electronic form and information relating to any private body whichcan be accessed by a public authority under any other law for the timebeing in force but does not include "file notings" [S.2(f)].
What does Right to Information mean?*
It includes the right to - inspect works, documents, records.
Take notes, extracts or certified copies of documents or records.
Take certified samples of material.
Obtain information in form of printouts, diskettes, floppies, tapes, video