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ORGANISATIONAL INFORMATION PERTAINING TO RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT 2005

 


 

      

IMPLEMENTING THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005

 

The “right to information” means, an access to the information which is held by or under the control of any public authority and includes the right to inspect the works, documents, records, notes,extracts or certified copies of document/record and certified samples of the material and obtaining information which is also stored in electronic form.

 

RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT 2005   

The Right To Information Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in December, 2004.  It was passed by both Houses of Parliament in May, 2005.  The assent of the President was received on 15th June and the Act was notified in the Gazette of India on 21st June, 2005.  The Right To Information Act has become operational by the 12th October, 2005 after the completion of 120 days from the date of the Presidential assent.  the Freedom of Information Act passed by Parliament in 2002 has been repealed. 

 

The citizens right to information is not explicitly in the fundamental rights chapter of the Constitution.  But in more than ten cases the Supreme Court of India has declared that the fundamental right to life and liberty (Article 21) and the fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression {Article 19(1)} include every citizen's fundamental right to access information.  The Parliament passed the Right To Information Act (RTI Act) to enable all citizens to use their fundamental right to access information (Fig 1)from public bodies.  

What is Information?

(Section 2(f)(I)(j), 4)

Main objectives

  • To promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority 9 (Fig  2); and
  • To set up a  practical regime for giving citizens access to information that is under the control of public authorities.  

 

PUBLIC AUTHORITY

 

Fig   2

 

The State Board took the effective initiative to promote transparency and accountability and to set up a practical regime for giving citizens access to information. The State Board has also disseminated the relevant information in connection with the Board electronically through its website.

 

Application Procedure

  • According to Section 3 of this Act , all citizens have the right to information. As per section 6 of this Act, any person who desires to obtain any information under this Act can apply specifying the particulars of the information sought by him or her in writing or electronically in English or local official language.

 

Application may be sent to

  • As per the Right To Information Act 2005, the West Bengal Pollution Control Board is providing available information  as and when sought through proper application.  In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 5(1) Section 19(1) of the Right to Information Act, 2005, Shri Arup Guchait, Public Relation Officer of the West Bengal Pollution Control Board, is here by designated as State Public Information Officer. For obtaining information application may be sent to :-   

      Shri Arup Guchait,

      Public Relation Officer &

     State Public Information Officer,

     (Under The Right To Information Act 2005)

     West Bengal Pollution Control Board,

      Paribesh Bhawan, 10A, LA- Block, Sector – III, Bidhannagar, Kolkata 700 098

      Email: garup@wbpcb.gov.in

      Ph: (033) 2335 9088/0261/8211 (Extn-261), 23353913 (D)

 

      ** Please furnish application with contact details (Full address, telephone & fax no. if any) of the applicant.

 

  • An applicant making request for information shall not be required to give any reason for requesting information. However, the applicant is required to provide necessary information required for contacting the applicant (Fig 3).

 

For obtaining information under The Right to Information Act 2005

(Essentials and Non-essentials matters)

 

 

Fig 3

 

Application Fee

An application containing a request in writing to the State Public Information Officer made under rule 3 of West Bengal Right to Information Rules 2006 of sub-section (1) of Section 6 of the Right to Information Act 2005 for obtaining information, shall be accompanied with a court-fee of rupees ten  or a non-Judicial Stamp Paper of rupees ten, or by Demand Draft or bankers Cheque or Indial Postal Order, payable in favour of West Bengal Pollution Control Board (if not belonging to the below the poverty line category).

Fee for providing information:

Save as otherwise provided in the provision to rule 4 of West Bengal Right to Information Rules 2006 of sub-section (5) of section 7, the State Public Information Officer shall provide information under sub-section (1), and sub-section (5) of Section 7 upon receipt of a request under Section 6, on payment of a fee of -

  (a) rupees two, for each page (in A-4 or A-3 size paper) created or copied; or

  (b) actual charge or cost price, for a copy in large size paper; or

  (c) actual cost price, for sample or model; or

  (d) rupees five for each fifteen minutes or fraction thereof, for inspection of records; or

  (e) rupees fifty per diskette or floppy, for information provided in the diskette or floppy; or

  (f) actual charge fixed for publication or rupees two per page of photocopy for extracts therefrom, for information provided in printed form.

 

Appeal

As per provision under section 19(1) of the Right to Information Act, Shri Abhijit Bose, Senior Personnel Manager,  West Bengal Pollution Control Board, Paribesh Bhawan, 10A, LA- Block, Sector – III, Bidhannagar, Kolkata 700 098 (e-mail: spm@wbpcb.gov.in, Ph: (033) 2335 9088/0261/8211 (Extn. - 423), 23358161 (D) of the Board is appointed as Appellate Authority. Any citizen can lodge appeal before the Appellate Authority as specified therein.

 

Proactive disclosure as per Section 4.1(b)

  1. Particulars of organisation, functions and duties
  2. Powers and duties of officers and employees
  3. Procedure followed in the decision making process, including channels of supervision and accountability
  4. Norms set for the discharge of functions
  5. Rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records, held by the Board or under its control or used by the employees for discharging functions
  6. Statement of the categories of documents that are held by the Board or under its control
  7. Particulars of any arrangement that exists for consultation with, or representation by the members of the public in relation to the formulation of policy or implementation thereof
  8. Statement of the boards, councils, committees and other bodies consisting of two or more persons constituted as part or for the purpose of 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
  9. Directory of the officers and employees
  10. Monthly remuneration received by each of the officers and emploees, including the system of compensation as provided in regulations
  11. Budget allocated to each of the agency, indicating the particulars of all plans, proposed expenditures and reports on disbursement mode
  12. Manner of execution of subsidy programmes, including the amounts allocated and the details of beneficieries of such programmes
  13. Particulars of recipients of concessions, permits or authorisations granted by the Board
  14. Details in respect of the information, available to or held by the Board, reduced in an electronic form
  15. Particulars of facilities available to citizens for obtaining information, including the working hours of a library or reading room, if maintained for public use
  16. Names, designations and other particulars of the Public Information Officers
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