DIRECTORATE OF JUTE DEVELOPMENT
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUTR & CO-OPERATION
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SENIOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANT
To assist the authority in the disposal of technical work and for that they have to perform the activities related to planning, formulation of development programme of Jute and allied fibre crops in the country; review and monitoring of implementation of development programmes on Jute and allied fibre crops in the country and for other crops in the assigned states and submission of related periodical reports. Maintenance of data base of A/P/Y of Jute and Allied fibre and other crops in the country. Collection / compilation of information/ report on weather/crop prospects of Jute and allied fibre crops and other crops in the assigned states. Preparation of various reports in connection with the implementation of development programme on Jute and allied fibred in the country and for other crops in the assigned states. Maintenance of linkage with the state governments, agricultural universities, various research institutes, input supply agencies ministry and other organizations. Collection and maintenance of information's on various inputs viz seed, fertilizer, irrigation. Assisting the authority in arranging meeting, training, demonstration, gathering reports on technology development researches and arranging transfer of modern technology. Collection, compilation, maintenance of market and price situation, information on weather crop prospects; area, production and yield of different crops in the assigned states. Monitoring the performance of the KCC activities and matters related to the On Farm Water Management Schemes.
सूचना का अधिकार अधिनियम, 2005
RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005
पटसन विकास निदेशालय
कृषि एवं सहकारिता विभाग
कोलकाता – 700 020
DIRECTORATE OF JUTE DEVELOPMENT
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & COOPERATION
DIRECTORATE OF JUTE DEVELOPMENT
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE (DAC)
I. Objective/purpose of the public authority
(i) Mission/Vision statement of the public authority
The Directorate of Jute Development (DJD) is functioning as a constituent unit of the Crops Division of the Union Ministry of Agriculture (Department of Agriculture & Co-operation) as a Subordinate Office with its Headquarters in Kolkata. The main objective of the DJD was to bring about a quantitative and qualitative improvement in the production of both jute and mesta in the Country. The organization also looked after the development of allied fibre crops like sunnhemp, ramie, sisal etc. To achieve the objectives, the Directorate had to plan, coordinate and supervise the development and marketing programme of jute and allied fibre crops at the national level.
(ii) Brief history of the public authority
The Directorate of Jute Development (DJD) is a Sub-Ordinate Office of the Department of Agriculture & Co-operation, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.
The Directorate of Jute Development (DJD) had its origin in April, 1966 from the erstwhile Indian Central Jute Committee. Since then it had been working as a constituent unit of the Crops Division of the Union Ministry of Agriculture (Department of Agriculture & Co-operation) as a Subordinate Office with its Headquarters in Kolkata. The main objective of the DJD was to bring about a quantitative and qualitative improvement in the production of both Jute and Mesta in the Country. The organization also looked after the development of allied fibre crops like sunnhemp, ramie, sisal etc. To achieve the objectives the Directorate had to plan, coordinate and supervise the development and marketing programme of jute and allied fibre crops at the national level. Subsequently, in the year 1995, the Government of India decided to reorganize the Crops Development Directorates having uniform staffing pattern with total staff strength of 31. The reorganization was implemented in June, 1996. There are altogether Nine Crops Development Directorates. Along with other Directorates, the Directorate of Jute Development was also provided with staff strength of 31. Thereafter, three posts out of 31 have been also abolished as per recommendation of the Right Sizing Committee. However, before reorganization of the Crops Development Directorates (CDD s), the Directorate of Jute Development had a sanctioned staff strength of 84. In the wake of reorganization of the Directorates, they have been assigned bi-focal responsibilities, (a) for the respective specified nodal crops of the country as a whole and (b) for all major crops in the states assigned to each of them. The Directorate of Jute Development has been assigned nine states and one U.T., namely, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, West Bengal and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The Directorate of Jute Development, therefore, has to perform activities for the overall development of the nodal crops in the country, i.e., jute/mesta and allied fibre crops and also to perform the monitoring and related activities of other crops in the assigned states. Thus, after reorganization of the CDD s the function and activities have also been reorganized accordingly.
(iii) Duties of the public authority
At the time of re-organization of the Crop Development Directorates in 1996, each Directorate has been assigned bifocal responsibility, i.e. a) for the respective specified nodal crops of the country as a whole and b) for all major crops in the States assigned to each of them. The Directorate of Jute Development has been assigned nine States and one UT, namely, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Directorate of Jute Development, therefore, has to perform activities for the overall development of the nodal crops in the Country, i.e. jute/mesta and allied fibres and to perform the monitoring and related activities of other crops in the assigned States.
(iv) Main activities/functions of the public authority
A. Functions for Nodal Crop:
· To assist Department of Agriculture and Cooperation to plan, coordinate and monitor nodal crop development programmes at the national level and recommend measures to improve them;
· To assist the States/Union Territories to plan, formulate and implement Crops programmes to increase production and productivity;
· To interact with national and state institutions in planning the production of seeds;
To liaise with
· To have closer interaction/coordination with the project Directorates/Institutes and other Research Centres of the ICAR. Represent Department of Agriculture and Cooperation on their Management Committee and ICAR' s Regional Committee, with a view to benefit from research and improved production technology and assist the Ministry of Agriculture to formulate farmers’ friendly scheme with a unified approach for the overall development of agriculture sector as a whole;
To keep in, touch with research developments by
· To have a close liaison with National Institute of Management for Agricultural Extension (MANAGE) in identifying the areas where MANAGE can provide support and bridge the gap in increasing productivity of the nodal crop;
· To provide technical support to the Extension agencies with respect to the nodal crop as and when required. In this context the Directors of Commodity Development Directorates may attend the State Level Crop Training Programmes; provide literature on training manuals; and also periodically visit some such projects relating to their respective nodal crops and provide feedback to Extension Division;
· To participate in meetings of Zonal Research and Extension Advisory Committee (ZERAC) and have closer interaction/coordination through this forum in relevant functions and responsibilities;
· To watch the performance of the newly evolved released varieties of seeds;
· To study and analyse the trends in weather; crop area, production and productivity as well as transport, marketing and prices;
· To report regularly to Department of Agriculture and Cooperation on weather and crop prospects as well as market and price trends;
· To assist Department of Agriculture and Cooperation in fixing targets of production and suggest measures to achieve them;
· To build up relevant records and data for the nodal crop; and
· To serve as a Secretariat for the respective Crop Development Council.
B. Area-specific functions in the Assigned States:
To function as eyes and ears of Department of
Agriculture and Cooperation, also for all major crops produced in the
assigned States/Union Territories and to function as "Area-Officers" for
· To maintain liaison with State Governments/Departments and other development agencies on crop development programmes;
· To monitor the crop programmes and report to Crops Division/States about the gap between planning and performance;
· To monitor the availability of inputs and extension services;
· To regularly report to the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation on weather, crop prospects, storage, processing, movement and prices of crops harvested;
· To report to the other crop Directorates on matters relating to the respective nodal crops, weather, crop prospects and other important developments;
· To represent Department of Agriculture and Cooperation on Central Study Teams etc. and
· To participate in Kharif Conference, Rabi Conference, Zonal Seed Meetings, etc.;
· Water Management – timely opening and closing of canals and water use efficiency;
· Assessment of input requirements – fertilizers, pesticides, seeds, etc. for crops for obtaining optimal yields;
· Tracking progress and promotion of new crop varieties;
· Monitoring/tracking progress of horticulture crops and programmes therefore in the assigned states; and
· Being more visible and interactive with states for promotion and development of crops/varieties.
(v) List of services being provided by the public authority with a brief write up on them
The important services being performed by the Directorate of Jute Development are summarized hereunder:
(a) Review of Crop Weather Prospects and Marketing Situation for the Nodal Crops, i.e. Jute and Allied Fibres: The crop weather situation of the Nodal crops, i.e. jute and allied fibres in the country including the marketing situation are reviewed on a regular basis. Reports regarding the aforesaid matter are submitted to the Ministry on regular basis.
(b) Current estimates of area and production of Nodal Crops, i.e. Jute and Allied Fibre Crops: During the crop season itself, it requires to make an assessment of the area and production of jute and allied fibre crops. These estimates are used by various organizations for making plan and programmes. The Directorate of Jute Development made the current estimates of area and production of jute and allied fibre crops.
(c) Planning & Monitoring of the Development Programmes on Jute and Allied Fibre Crops in the country: The Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Jute and Allied Fibre Crops development are formulated by the Directorate of Jute Development and thereafter the same programme is implemented by different jute/mesta growing states and other organizations. The implementation of the programme is monitored by the Directorate. The Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Mini Mission - II (MM-II) of Jute Technology Mission (JTM) has been launched (in December, 2006). The JTM has been launched for the overall development of the jute sector. Out of the four Mini Missions in the Jute Technology Mission, the activity of the Mini Mission-II is taken care by the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation through the Directorate of Jute Development, Kolkata. Accordingly, the formulation of the development programme under Jute Technology Mission has been made by the Directorate of Jute Development and subsequently relevant clarification, modification of the proposal has also been made by the Directorate of Jute Development, Kolkata. The draft EFC Memo of the Mini Mission-II and subsequent clarification, modification, etc. has also been done. The Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs has approved the Jute Technology Mission in June, 2006 and thereafter the MM – II of JTM was launched in December, 2006. But, the main implementation of the programme started in 2007-08. All the activities regarding monitoring of MM-II of JTM and related activities are being performed by the Directorate of Jute Development and also submitting Monthly and Annual Report to the Ministry.
(d) Review of Crop Weather Prospects in the assigned states: The crop weather situation of all crops in the assigned states is regularly reviewed by the Directorate of Jute Development and progress report in this regard is submitted to the Ministry on regular basis.
(e) Review of Crop Development Programme in the Assigned States:
(f) Monitoring and Review of the National Food Security
(g) Monitoring and Review of other crop Development Schemes: Being an area office in respect of assigned states, the Directorate is also monitoring the activities of other crop development programmes and assisting to Sister Directorates for preparation of their reports for onward transmission to the Ministry like ISOPOM, Technology Mission on Cotton etc.
(h) Maintenance of database: The Directorate maintains record on information like area, production and yield of nodal crops, information on input like seed of nodal crop, information on area, production and yield of various crops and inputs in the assigned states, different information on nodal crop, various information of assigned states in respect of agriculture etc.
(i) Organization of National and State Level Training on Jute & Allied
The Directorate of Jute Development in collaboration with ICAR Institutes
(j) Frontline Demonstration (FLD) on Jute and Allied Fibres: The Frontline Demonstration on jute and allied fibre crops are organized by the Directorate of Jute Development, Kolkata through ICAR Institutes/State Agriculture Universities under MM-II of JTM. After the organization of the programme, a consolidated report on the performance of the demonstration is submitted to the Ministry. The successful technologies/varieties of the FLD are transferred to different areas through training/demonstration and other means.
(k) Kisan Call Centre (KCC activities):
The Department of Agriculture &
Co-operation has launched the Kisan Call Centre (KCC) in the country with
effect from 21.1.2004. The Directorate of Jute Development has been made
the Nodal Office for the KCC, Kolkata Centre covering one state and one U.
(l) Organization of adaptive trial: As per normal provision, before releasing the new varieties, it is necessary to organize on-farm adaptive trial of the pre-released varieties. The Directorate of Jute Development organized such on-farm adaptive trial on Nodal Crop, i.e. jute and allied fibre crops in collaboration with the State Agriculture Directorates.
(m) Organization of Meeting/Seminar/Workshop: The Directorate organizes various meetings/seminars/workshops on Nodal Crops, Kisan Call Centre, activities related to other sister Directorates.
(n) Preparation of specific report/note: Time to time various reports/notes on jute and allied fibre crops as well as other activities, year to year the State Profile on Agriculture in respect of Assigned States as well as Profile for Nodal Crops are prepared by this Directorate and submitted to Ministry.
(o) Participation in Meeting/Seminar/Training/Workshop: The Directorate participates in various meetings/seminars/workshops/trainings organized by different organizations/state governments on nodal crops as well as on other crops in the assigned states. This apart the Directorate represents the Ministry in various meetings/seminars/workshop.
(p) Linkage with research/extension organizations: The Directorate maintains close linkage with various Research Institutes/State Agricultural Universities and other extension organizations to have an overview of the latest research development. In turn, the Directorate takes initiative to transfer the technologies developed in Research Institutes/SAUs through various development programmes. Besides, the Directorate also expresses the views to the Research Institutes/SAUs regarding various field problems and the research strategies required to combat such problems.
(q) Participation in All-India Network Project on Jute and Allied Fibre Crops of ICAR: The Directorate participates in the Annual Group Meeting/Workshop of the All India Network Project on Jute & Allied Fibres of ICAR and interact with the scientists regarding research developments and also the problems confronted in the field. On the basis of such discussions, research strategies are adopted. These apart, time to time interactions are made with the All India Network Project on Jute & Allied Fibre Crops of ICAR.
(r) Acting as Member of Various Research/Extension/Development Committees:
The Directorate has been acting as a member of various committees of the
(s) Linkage with Input Agency: The Directorate maintains close linkage with the various input agencies like seeds, fertilizers, etc. and assesses the requirement vis-a-vis availability and supply position of such inputs for the nodal crops as well as in the Assigned States.
(t) Linkage with other jute organizations:
The Directorate maintains
linkage with other jute organizations like Jute Corporation of
(u) Linkage with State Governments: The Directorate maintains close linkage with jute/mesta growing states as well as with the states assigned to the Directorate regarding various crop development programmes and other allied activities.
(v) Performing the job as a Member of various Central Teams:
The Directorate represents the Department of Agriculture & Co-operation,
Government of India as and when assigned as a Member of various Central
Teams constituted by the Government of India. In almost all the central
team for natural calamity in respect of
(w) Participation in Meetings/Workshops/Discussions of the Assigned States: The Directorate represents the Department of Agriculture & Co-operation in various meeting/workshop/discussion, etc. in connection with agriculture development, organized for the Assigned States.
(x) Publication: The Directorate brought out various publications on jute and allied fibre crops and other activities time to time.
(y) Tours/Visits: For monitoring and reviewing the crop weather prospects and development programmes of the nodal crops as well as for all crops in the Assigned States, regular tours/visits are undertaken by the officers/staff of this Directorate to different states.
(z) Activities regarding administrative and other technical matters: The Directorate performs all other technical and administrative matters as required.
(vi) Organizational Structure Diagram at various levels namely state, directorate, region district, block etc.
(vii) Expectation of the public authority from the public for enhancing its effectiveness and efficiency related activities making use of Computer facilities and Internet as Arrangements and methods made for seeking public participation / contribution
The public authority is aware of enhancing the quality of service and its delivery by enhancing the varied activities of the Directorate in all its spheres in order to usher-in all-round progress and development. Steps will be taken to upgrade its efficiency inconsonance with the present requirements in keeping with the Information Technology as now it is a boom of IT and Internet era.
(viii) Mechanism available for monitoring the service delivery and public grievance resolution
1. A full ledged Public Grievance Redressal Mechanism has been operational in the Directorate.
2. Display of ‘Notice Board’ on the Information to public about the awareness of Vigilance.
3. Grievances are also being forwarded to the Authority/Department for taking necessary action.
II. Please provide details of the powers and duties of the officers and employees of the organization.
III. Please provide list of rules, regulations, instructions, manual and records, held by the public authority or under its control or used by its employees for discharging functions as per the following format. This format has to be filled for each type of document.
The Directorate generally functions as a field establishment or as agency responsible for the detailed execution of the policies and schemes framed by the Union Ministry of Agriculture. It’s primarily engaged in providing executive direction required in the implementation of the policies laid down by the ministry. It has to serve as a repository of various information regarding crop development and other aspects dealt with by the ministry. The Directorate is under the direct control of the ministry and a subordinate office, and hence rules, regulations, instructions, manual and records of Govt. of India have been followed for discharging its duties.
IV. Whether there is any provision to seek consultation/participation of public or its representatives for formulation of policies? If there is, please provide details of such policy in following format.
V. Use the format given below to give the information about the official documents. Also mention the place where the documents are available e.g. at Secretariat level, directorate level, others (please mention the level in place of writing others)
VI. Please provide information on Boards, Councils, Committees and Other Bodies related to the public authority in the following format :
Name and address of the Affiliated Body : Directorate of Jute Development
Type of Affiliated Body (Board, Council, Committees, Other Bodies) :
Official Language Implementation Committee
Brief Introduction of the Affiliated Body (Establishment Year, Objective/Main Activities) ; Constituted for the purpose of making recommendations for the progressive use of Hindi in the Directorate
Role of the Affiliated Body (Advisory/Managing/Executive/Others) : Advisory
Structure and Member Composition :
Chairman, Member Secretary and four members
Head of the Body : Director
Address and main office and its Branches :
Official Language Implementation Committee
Directorate of Jute Development
Ministry of Agriculture (DAC)
Frequency of meetings: Quarterly
Can public participate in the meetings? : No
Are minutes of the meetings prepared? : Yes
VII. Please provide contact information about the Public Information Officers, Assistant Public Information Officers and Departmental Appellate Authority of the Public authority
VIII. What is the procedure followed to take a decision for various matters? (A reference to Secretariat Manual and rule of Business Manual and other Rules/Regulations etc. can be made)
Decisions have been taken in various matters with reference to prevailing Manuals, Rules/regulations and instructions from the Govt. of India as received time to time.
IX. What are the documented procedure /laid down procedures /Defined criteria/Rules to arrive at a particular decision matters? What are different levels through which a decision process moves?
The documented Procedure laid down procedures etc. of particular decision for important matters are made as per the Central Govt. provisions laid down in Rules/Regulations/Manuals and in specific Cases/ matters as per the directions issued by Government from time to time.
X. What are the arrangements to communicate the decision to the public?
Office Notice Board & Website.
XI. Who are the offices at various levels whose opinions are sought for the process of decision making?
(i) Officers of the ministry of Agriculture, Department of Agri. & Cooperation.
(ii) Officers of the Directorate at various levels.
XII. Who is the final authority that vests the decision?
The Director is the final authority who vests the decision subject to certain conditions otherwise the Ministry.
XIII. Please provide information separately in the following format for the important matters on which the decision is taken by the public authority.
XIV. Directory of Officers and Employees
XV. Please provide information about the details of the budget for different activities under different schemes in the given format:
The details of the budget for different activities under Mini Mission-II of Jute Technology Mission are given at enclosed Annexure – I.
XVI. The Manner of Execution of Subsidy Programmes
Please provide the information as per the following format
XVII. Particulars of Recipients of concessions, permits or authorization granted)
Please provide the information as per the following format
XVIII. Please provide the details of the Norms/Standards set by the Department for execution of various activities/programmes.
XIX. Please provide the details of the information related to the various schemes which are available in the electronic format.
XX. Means, methods or facilitation available to the public which are adopted by the department for dissemination of information.
· Through the concerned state agriculture departments
· Website of the Public Authority
XXI. Frequency Asked Questions and their Answers related to seeking Information
1. When does it come into force?
It comes into force on
2. Who is covered?
The Act extends to the whole of
3. What does information mean?
Information means any material in any form including records, documents, memos, emails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data materials held in any electronic form and information relating to any private body which can be accessed by a public authority under any other law for the time being in force but does not include “file noting” [S.2(f)]
4. What does Right to Information mean?
It includes the right to –
i) Inspect works, documents, records.
ii) Take notes, extracts or certified copies of documents or records.
iii) Take certified samples of material.
iv) Obtain information in form of printouts, diskettes, floppies, tapes, video
cassettes or in any other electronic mode or through printouts. [S.2(j)]
5. What are the obligations of public authority?
It shall publish within one hundred and twenty days of the enactment:-
i) the particulars of its organization, functions and duties;
ii) the powers and duties of its officers and employees;
iii) the procedure followed in its decision making process, including channels of supervision and accountability;
iv) the norms set by it for the discharge of its functions;
v) the rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records used by its employees for discharging its functions;
vi) a statement of the categories of the documents held by it or under its control;
vii) the 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;
viii) a statement of the boards, councils, committees and other bodies consisting of two or more persons constituted by it. Additionally information as to whether the meetings of
these are open to the public, or the minutes of such meetings are accessible to the public.
ix) A directory of its officers and employees;
x) The monthly remuneration received by each of its officers and employees, including
the system of compensation as provided in its regulations;
xi) The budget allocated to each of its agency, indicating the particulars of all plans,
proposed expenditures and reports on disbursements made;
xii) The manner of execution of subsidy programmes, including the amounts allocated and the details and beneficiaries of such programmes;
xiii) Particulars of recipients of concessions, permits or authorizations granted by it;
xiv) Details of the information available to, or held by it, reduced in an electronic form;
xv) The particulars of facilities available to citizens for obtaining information, including the working hours of a library or reading room, if maintained for public use; The names, designations and other particulars of the Public Information Officers.[S.4(1)(b)]
6. What is not open to disclosure?
The following is exempt from disclosure [S.8)]
i. Information, disclosure of which would prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security, strategic, scientific or economic interests of the State, relation with foreign State or lead to incitement of an offence
ii. Information which has been expressly forbidden to be published by any court of law or tribunal or the disclosure of which may constitute contempt of court;
iii. Information, the disclosure of which would cause a breach of privilege of Parliament or the State Legislature;
iv. Information including commercial confidence, trade secrets or intellectual property, the disclosure of which would harm the competitive position of a third party, unless the competent authority is satisfied that larger public interest warrants the disclosure of such information;
v. Information available to a person in his fiduciary relationship, unless the competent authority is satisfied that the larger public interest warrants the disclosure of such information;
vi. Information received in confidence from foreign Government;
vii. information, the disclosure of which would endanger the life or physical safety of any person or identify the source of information or assistance given in confidence for law enforcement or security purposes;
viii. Information which would impede the process of investigation or apprehension or prosecution of offenders;
ix. Cabinet papers including records of deliberations of the Council of
Ministers, Secretaries and other officers;
x. Information which relates to personal information the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual;
Notwithstanding any of the exemptions listed above, a public authority may
allow access to information, if public interest in disclosure outweighs the harm to
the protected interests.
7. Is partial disclosure allowed?
Only that part of the record which does not contain any information which is exempt from
disclosure and which can reasonably be severed from any part that contains exempt
information, may be provided.[S.10]
8. What does a “Public Authority” mean?
It means any authority or body or institution of self-government established or
_ by or under the constitution;
_ by any other law made by Parliament;
_ by any other law made by State Legislature;
_ by notification issued or other made by the appropriate Government and
A.Body owned, controlled or substantially financed
b. non-Government organization substantially financed directly or indirectly by the appropriate Government.
9. Who is excluded?
Central Intelligence and Security agencies specified in the Second Schedule like IB, R&AW, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Central Economic Intelligence Bureau, Directorate of Enforcement, Narcotics Control Bureau, Aviation Research Centre, Special Frontier Force, BSF, CRPF, ITBP, CISF, NSG, Assam Rifles, Special Service Bureau, Special Branch (CID), Andaman and Nicobar, The Crime Branch- CID-CB, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Special Branch, Lakshadweep Police, Agencies specified by the State Governments through a Notification will also be excluded. The exclusion, however, is not absolute and these organizations have an obligation to provide information pertaining to allegations of corruption and human rights violations. Further, information relating to allegations of human rights valuations could be given but only with the approval of the Central or State Information commission, as the case may be.[S.24)]
10. What are the powers and functions of Information Commissions?
1. The Central Information Commission/State Information Commission has a duty to receive complaints from any persona
a) Who has not been able to submit an information request because a PIO has not been appointed;
b) Who has been refused information that was requested;
c) Who has received no response to his/her information request within the
specified time limits;
d) Who thinks the fees charged are unreasonable;
e) Who thinks information given is incomplete or false or misleading and
f) Any other matter relating to obtaining information under this law.
2. Power to order inquiry if there are reasonable grounds.
3. CIC/SCIC will have powers of
a)summoning and enforcing attendance of persons, compelling them to give oral or written evidence on oath and to produce documents or things;
b) requiring the discovery and inspection of documents;
c) receiving evidence on affidavit;
d) requisitioning public records or copies from any court or office
e) issuing summons for examination of witnesses or documents
f) any other matter which may be prescribed.
4. All records covered by this law( including those covered by exemptions) must be given to CIC/SCIC during inquiry for examination.
5. Power to secure compliance of its decisions from the Public Authority includesa)
providing access to information in a particular form;
b) directing the public authority to appoint a PIO/APIO where none exists;
c) publishing information or categories of information;
d) making necessary changes to the practices relating to management, maintenance and destruction of records;
e) enhancing training provision for officials on RTI;
f) seeking an annual report from the public authority on compliance with this law;
g) require it to compensate for any loss or other detriment suffered by the applicant;
h) impose penalties under this law; or
i) reject the application.(S.18 and S.19)
11. What is the reporting procedure?
1. Central Information Commission will send an annual report to the Central Government on the implementation of the provisions of this law at the end of the year. The State Information Commission will send a report to the State Government.
2. Each Ministry has a duty to compile reports from its Public Authorities and send them to the Central Information Commission or State Information Commission, as the case may be.
3. Each report will contain details of number of requests received by each Public Authority, number of rejections and appeals, particulars of any disciplinary action taken, amount of fees and charges collected etc.
4. Central Government will table the Central Information Commission report before Parliament after the end of each year. The concerned State Government will table the report of the State Information Commission before the Vidhan Sabha (and the Vidhan Parishad wherever applicable). (S.25)
12. What are the penalty provisions?
Every PIO will be liable for fine of Rs.250 per day, up to a maximum of Rs.25,000/- for –
i. not accepting an application;
ii. delaying information release without reasonable cause;
iii. malafidely denying information;
iv. knowingly giving incomplete, incorrect, misleading information
v. destroying information that has been requesting and
vi. obstructing furnishing of information in any manner.
The Information Commission(IC) at the Centre and the State levels will have the power to impose this penalty. The Information Commission can also recommend disciplinary action for violation of the law against an erring PIO. (S.20)
13. What is the jurisdiction of courts?
Lower Courts are barred from entertaining suits or applications against any order made
under this Act. (S.23) However, the writ jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and High
Courts under Articles 32 and 225 of the Constitution remain unaffected.
14. What is the role of Central/State Governments?
1. Develop educational programmes for the public especially disadvantaged communities on RTI.
2. Encourage Public Authorities to participate in the development and organization of such programmes.
3. Promote timely dissemination of accurate information to the public.
4. Train officers and develop training materials.
5. Compile and disseminate a User Guide for the public in the respective official language.
6. Publish names, designation postal addresses and contact details of PIOs and other information such as notices regarding fees to be paid, remedies available in law if request is rejected etc.(S.26)
15. Who has the Rule Making Power?
Central Government, State Governments and the Competent Authority as defined in S.2(e) are vested with powers to make rules to carry out the provisions of the Right to Information Act, 2005. (S.27 & S.28)
16. Who has the power to deal with the difficulties while implementing this act?
If any difficulty arises in giving effect to the provisions in the Act, the Central Government
may, by Order published in the Official Gazette, make provisions necessary/ expedient for removing the difficulty. (S.30)
XXII. With relation to training imparted to public by the Public Authority