Sub-section (1) of section 8 and section 9 of the Act enumerate the types of information which is exempt from disclosure. Sub-section (2) of section 8, however, provides that information exempted under sub-section 3 (1) or exempted under the Official Secrets Act, 1923 can be disclosed if public interest in disclosure overweighs the harm to the protected interest.
RTI stands for “Right to Information”. Right to Information is a fundamental right that every citizen has! Basically, the RTI gives you all the information that you want about the Govt. and what they are doing with your tax money!
You have the right to ask our Government, why the roads outside your house are not fixed? Why have you not received your “ration card” as yet? Why is there so much garbage in your area that is not picked up etc.
The basic object of the Right to Information Act is to empower the citizens, promote transparency and accountability in the working of the Government, contain corruption, and make our democracy work for the people in real sense.
An informed citizenry will be better equipped to keep necessary vigil on the instruments of governance and make the government more accountable to the governed.
The Act has created a practical regime through which the citizens of the country may have access to information under the control of public authorities.