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    What does information means under RTI?


    I read in the article:
    "information" means any material in any form, including records, documets, memos, e-mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, log books, 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.
    Does this has any exceptions to it?


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    Last edited by avdhesh; 26-09-06 at 05:05 PM. Reason: quoting the article

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    exception under 'information'


    Under Section 2(f) Information doesnot mean every information. It means only such information which is recorded and stored and disseminated by the public acthority.

    News itself is not information. The citizen cannot ask the information officer as to what is the news.

    But the statements and news letters released by the Public Relations Officers are information. Information which is otherwise open and available is not information under this Act. One cannot ask the information Officer about the railway or airway timings. The public are however, entitled to know then if the matter involved is one which relates to the administration.

    To be precise, it is only that information which relates to administration and which the authorities under the Act are obliged to publish or which is obliged to be kept in record is the information for purpose of this act.

    Also word 'Private body' means which is recorded by public authority in pursuance of any Law. By this means that the account of the person of the Post office can be sought after by another subject to the rule of confidentiality.

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    Here it is pertinent to metion the Preamble of RTI
    Whereas the Constitution of India has established democratic Republic;

    And whereas democracy requires an informed citizenry and transparency of information which are vital to its functioning and also to contain corruption and to hold Governments and their instrumentalities accountable to the governed;

    And whereas revelation of information in actual practice is likely to conflict with other public interests including efficient operations of the Governments, optimum use of limited fiscal resources and the preservation of confidentiality of sensitive information;

    And whereas it is necessary to harmonise these conflicting interests while preserving the paramountcy of the democratic ideal;


    The ideal of RTI to ensure governemnt does its job in transparent fashion.

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    Re: What does information means under RTI?



    Sometimes people request for information which is not available in one particular file , but has to be compiled from hundreds of files or documents. Can it be called information under the RTI Act?
    A lot of time is spent / will be spent if data pertaining to hundreds of persons is tabulated. e.g. (Hypothetical question)
    If a person asks to know all taxpayers who have paid tax above Rs. 1 crore, and taxes paid by them in the previous 10 years. How many of them are companies? How many of them are in trading activity and how many of them are in manufacturing activity?

    In such a case it will be extremely difficult to compile this information. It is also not clear as to if no objection has to be taken from all persons whose information will be contained in this.
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    Re: What does information means under RTI?


    1. Yes, muti-file information too is termed as information. There are two ways of dealing them:
    2. Any third party information which specifically talks of the individual assesse should invariable be treated as under 3rd party proceedings, off course it is left to the discretion for the CPIO to let that information too if public interest over weighs. Company information should be revealed, if that does not hurt the commercial and/ or trade secret or put the company in disadvantage.
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    Re: What does information means under RTI?


    NRUSINGH,

    If a person asks to know all taxpayers who have paid tax above Rs. 1 crore, and taxes paid by them in the previous 10 years. How many of them are companies? How many of them are in trading activity and how many of them are in manufacturing activity?

    This type of information should be available with CBDT.
    If it's not, they better collect it from whatever sources within the same PA that has the information. I am sure that if big officers of the Tax Dept. have not seen such information, it will be a revelation to them also.

    Let me give you a corollary (although private sector and government are two different things):

    Lets say, if I am the Marketing Manager of a FMCG company. I should know what are my sales, who are my big buyers, whether they are General Stores, Super Markets, Chemists , Grocers, etc... If I don't have that kind of information how do I plan, increase my sales, take corrective action ?

    If the tax department doesn't have this information in one place , I wonder what data they are using for planning ?

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    you are quite right, but what is the recourse available to us in case the PIO or his govt dept does not keep the said data handy.

    else what is the way to know before hand if such data will be available with the PIO or not.

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    Re: What does information means under RTI?


    Quote Originally Posted by karira View Post
    NRUSINGH,

    If a person asks to know all taxpayers who have paid tax above Rs. 1 crore, and taxes paid by them in the previous 10 years. How many of them are companies? How many of them are in trading activity and how many of them are in manufacturing activity?

    This type of information should be available with CBDT.

    If the tax department doesn't have this information in one place , I wonder what data they are using for planning ?
    One should study the Allocation of Business Rules of the respective public authority to arrive on the decisions. Info like the taxpayers who contribute more than 1 crore should be readily available with CBDT as all such info had been computerised long ago. If any Dept. does not have the information, it would amount to dereliction of duty. One can complain against the erring officials / officers and insist on charges be framed.

    Wishes

    Manoj

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