REVIEW: Title: Professional’s The Right to Information Act, 2005 (22 of 2005)


Title: Professional’s The Right to Information Act, 2005 (22 of 2005)
Publisher: Professional Book Publishers
Genre(s): Law/Bare Act
Price: Rs 45 Year Of Publication: 2006
Reviewed by FN http://fn.goa-india.org

This 53-page booklet contains the ‘bare act’ of India’s fairly new Right to Information, a law that has evoked a lot of expectations among society here.Besides the six chapters of the RtI Act itself, it also contains relevant excerpts from other laws and rules.10

There are the rules on the ‘regulation of fee and costs’ of the RtI act (how much you should pay, the Central Information Commission (Appeal Procedure) Rules on how you need to get redress when the government doesn’t release information, the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha parallel rules on fees and costs, the postal address of the Central Information Commission, an eight-page list of Central public information officers, and a contrast with the colonial-framed Indian Official Secrets Act, 1923.

This reasonably priced book is what you need, if you want the basics about the RtI Act of India. I picked up a copy without hesitation, beause the officially-sold bare act — with no frills — of the law alone in Goa cost Rs 40 just a little while ago! Fortunately, now the selling price of this government publication here has been reduced to a more nominal figure (after citizens raised the issue).

For those wanting a brief introduction to a potentially-useful law, this privately-published booklet is worth a reference or a buy. For those in Goa, you might still get a copy from the Shri Nagesh Book Agency at the Saraswati Mandir Building.

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