Frequently Asked Questions
1. When does it come into force?
It comes into force on the 12th October 2005 (120th day of its enactment on 15th
June, 2005). Some provisions have come into force with immediate effect viz. obligations
of public authorities [S.4(1)], designation of Public Information Officers and Assistant
Public Information Officers[S.5(1) and 5(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 and 28).
2. Who is covered?
The Act extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir. [S.(12)]
3. 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 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 notings"
4. 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 cassettes
or in any other electronic mode or through printouts.[S.2(j)]