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CHAPTER - I

  

INTRODUCTION

               The Right to Information Act, 2005 goes a long way in putting together a comprehensive mechanism for citizens to secure information under control of the Government and thereby promotes “transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority”. The new legislation unequivocally confers on all citizens the right of access to information and, correspondingly, makes the dissemination of such information an obligation for all public authorities. Any organization 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. The disclosure of information is no longer a transgression but an obligation. Conversely, its withholding is no longer a virtue but an offence. Accordingly, we are trying honestly to put along all necessary information in respect of this Directorate in succeeding paras/ pages/ annexures as per the letter and spirit of the Right to Information Act, 2005.