Office of Development Commissioner (MSME).
(Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium
Right To Information Act, 2005
Right To Information is an Act to provide for freedom to every citizen to
secure access to Information under the control of public authorities,
consistent with Public interest, in order to promote openness, transparency
and accountability in administration and in relation to matters connected
therewith or incidental thereto.
The Right to Information
Bill was passed by the Parliament on 13th May 2005. The Bill
got the Presidential assent on 15th June to become the Right to
Information, Act, 2005. It is an Act to provide for setting out the
practical regime of 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.
Informed citizenry and transparency of
information are vital to the functioning of democracy. The Act provides for
a system of accountability of the Government towards those who are governed
and would benefit in increasing transparency and containing corruption.
The actual practice of the Act 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; but the need is to harmonize this conflicting
interest while preserving the paramountcy of the democratic ideals.
In an effort to bring about transparency and accountability and to
implement the provisions of the Right to Information Act, DC(MSME) has made
an attempt to provide certain information to citizens to empower them to
exercise their Right to Information. DC(MSME) has also designated CPIOs in
all its field offices and autonomous bodies for dissemination of
information. These organizations will have their separate set up for public
to gain information on issues pertaining to the unit.
DC(MSME), through a network of field offices and autonomous bodies plays an
important role in the promotion and development of micro, small & medium
facilitating the supply of Information to the citizen the DC(MSME) and its
field offices have already setup Information Facilitation Counters in their
the Information is not available in the manual as well as at the counter,
the said information can be sought under the Right to Information Act by
applying in the prescribed format. The format along with the prescribed fees
may be deposited at the counters. The receipt will then be forwarded to the
concerned Central Public Information officer / Assistant Public Information
officer and a date for receiving the Information would be given to the
the Information cannot be made available, the cause for not making available
such Information would be given to the applicant in the prescribed period.
If unsatisfied with the reply the applicant can seek redressal of his
grievance from the appellate authority designated for the purpose.
providing information, this office charges a fee at the rate of Rupees two
per page for printed Information. Rupees fifty per floppy and Rupees hundred
in case of Information sought on CDís. In case Information is sought in form
of Videocassettes, the charges would be Rs. 500/-.
under the RTI Act no fees will be charged for the persons below poverty
line. The request for obtaining information under subsection (1) of section
6 shall be accompanied by the application fees of Rupees ten by way of cash
against proper receipt or by demand draft or bankers cheque payable to the
PAO (SSI), New Delhi (for the Hqrs. Office and field offices in the northern
region)/Mumbai (for field offices in the central and western region)/Kolkata
(for field offices in the eastern and north-eastern region)/Chennai (for
field offices in the southern region), as the case may be. In respect of
autonomous bodies, the payment may be made directly to the Accounts Officer
concerned in the respective autonomous body.
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