Objective of the Right to Information Act :
The Right to Information Act, 2005 (22 of 2005) has been enacted by the Parliament and has come into force from 15 June, 2005. This Act provides for right to information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of public authorities in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority. All Universities and Colleges 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 full text of the Act and frequently asked questions for implementation of the act are available on the website www.righttoinformation.gov.in
Appellate Authority :
Dr. K. K. Suma
Information Officer :
Sri Sasikumar P
Dept. of English
Assistant Information Officer :
Sri. A.P. Raghunathan
Kerala State Right to Service Act 2012
The Kerala State Right to Service Act, 2012 came into force on the 1 November 2012 as per G.O (P) No.55/2012/P&ARD. It provides effective, time-bound redress of grievances of citizens, delivery of services to the public and making government servants liable in case of default. Through the induction of bill, the government servants are made answerable in terms of their functions, duties, commitments and obligations towards the people.
The Bill provides two-tier appellate system to redress grievances. Section 5 of the Bill underlines the duty of the designated officer, who on receipt of an application for service, will provide it or reject the application within the time limit, counted from the day the application is received. In case of rejection, the officer should justify it in writing. The designated officer is liable to pay a fine not less than Rs. 500 and not more than Rs. 5,000 in case of breach of terms of the bill.
Section 3 of the Bill says every government department, Head of the department, local self-government institution and statutory body should, within six months of the commencement of the Act, notify the services that will be rendered by each of them and the designated officers for providing services and the stipulated time limit for doing so.
The Bill lays down the procedures for filing appeals and the method of handling appeals by the first and second appellate authorities. The two appellate authorities will have the powers of civil court in matters of requiring production and inspection of documents, issuing summons for hearing the designated officer and the appellant and any other matter that may be prescribed.