Right to Information Act, 2005
10.1 The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI) was assented by the President of India on 15.6.2005 and notified on 21.6.2005. Some of the Sections of the Act, namely, sections 4(10, 5(1) & (2), 12,13,15,16,24,27 & 28 relating to obligations of Public Authorities for maintenance and computerization of record/information, designation of Public Information Officers constitution of Central Information Commission and State Information Commission, exclusion of certain organizations etc, came into force immediately. The remaining provisions of the RTI Act came into force on the 120th day of its enactment i.e. 12th October 2005.
10.2 In compliance of the RTI Act, the Department has designated CPIOs and Appellate Authorities. The respective PSUs under the administrative control of the Department have been directed to ensure compliance of the RTI Act. Some of the important steps taken by the Department in compliance of the Act are:-
a) Creation of separate link for RTI Act on its website http://fert.nic.in and placing a handbook on RTI giving general information about the Department required under the Act.
b) Orders designating CPIOs and Appellate Authorities with required details are placed on the website, which are updated from time to time.
c) Counter opened at Public Information Centre of DoF at Room No. G-12, Ground Floor, A wing, Shastri Bhawan, for necessary of RTI applications as well as prescribed fee under the RTI Act.
10.3 The Department has started registration of applications and appeals under the RTI Act on the Management Information System (RTI_MIS) software available on the web-site of CIC (http://rtionline.gov.in/RTIMIS).
10.4 The Department has started receiving RTI applications/Appeals on RTI web portal of DoPT, http://rtionline.gov.in/RTIMIS
10.5 During the year 2020 (upto Nov, 2020), 337 applications and 15 appeals were received physically and online out of which 321 applications and 13 appeals were disposed off during the year and the remaining 16 out of 337 applications and 2 out of 15 appeals are under process for sending reply to the applicants.