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RTI Act

THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005

No. 22 of 2005

[15th June, 2005]

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, the constitution of a Central
Information Commission and State Information Commissions and for matters connected therewith
or incidental thereto.

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;

Now, therefore, it is expedient to provide for furnishing certain information to citizens who desire to have it.

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