Right to Information (R.T.I) Act, 2005 is an important milestone in the growth of the democratic system in our country. It has removed the wall of secrecy built against the common people by those holding the authority. The Act makes it statutory for the latter to reveal all information when required by an ordinary citizen of the country. However, the success of the Act requires enlightenment of those who hold the authority and those who want to avail information for their betterment or for the welfare of the society at large.
Right to Information Act came into force fully on the 12th October 2005. The Act extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu & Kashmir.
Information means any material in any form including records, documents, memos, e-mails, opinions, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data materials held in any electronic form.
Every State Government shall, by notification in the official Gazette, constitute a body known as the State Information Commission to exercise the powers conferred on, and to perform the functions assigned to under this Act. The Directorate of Economics & Statistics and its subordinate officers have been implementing the R.T.I. Act.05 as per the instructions issued by the State Information Commission time to time since inception after implementation of the Act.