Right To Information Act

1. ABOUT THE ACT

The Government of India has enacted "Right to Information Act 2005" 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 any public authority. The Right to Information Act, 2005 received the President's assent on 15th June 2005 and was notified in Official Gazette on 21st June 2005. It extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu & Kashmir.

2. PUBLIC AUTHORITY

The expression "Public Authority" means :-

Any authority or Body or Institution of self-government established or constituted:
(a) by or under constitution, (b) by any other Law made by Parliament, (c) by any other Law made by State Legislature, (d) by Notification issued or Order made by the appropriate Government, etc.

3. WHAT IS RIGHT TO INFORMATION ?

The right to information includes an access to the information which is held by or under the control of any public authority and includes the right to inspect the work, document, records, taking notes, extracts or certified copies of documents / records and certified samples of the materials and obtaining information which is also stored in electronic form.

4. THE INFORMATION WHICH IS EXEMPT FROM DISCLOSURE

The Act provides under sections 8 & 9, certain categories of information that are exempt from disclosure to the citizens. Any person desirous of obtaining information is advised to refer to the relative sections of the Act before submitting a request for information.

5. WHO CAN REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ?

Any citizen can request for information by making an application in writing or through electronic means in English/Hindi/official language of the areas, in which the application is being made together with the prescribed fees.

6. WHOM TO APPROACH FOR THE INFORMATION AND APPEALS ?

Any public authority would designate Asst. Public Information Officer (APIO) at various levels, who will receive the requests for information from the public and necessary number of Public Information Officers (PIO) in all administrative units / office who will arrange for providing necessary information to the public as permitted under the law. The public authorities are also required to designate authority (ies) senior in rank to PIO, as Appellate Authorities, who will entertain and dispose off appeals against the decision of the PIO as required under the Act. Any person who does not receive the decision from PIO wither by way of information or rejection within the time frame, may within 30 days from the expiry of period prescribed for furnishing the information or 30 days from the date of receipt of the decisions, prefer an appeal to the Appellate Authority.

THE MAIN STRUCTURE / ROLE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICERS

I) Asst. Public Information Officers (APIO)

The public can submit their request / application for information to the nearest APIO (Nearest branch can be identified through Branch locator of the Corporations website). The APIO will receive the application / request for information or the appeals under the Act and forward the same immediately to the PIO or the Appellate Authority as the case may be.

II) Public Information Officers (PIO)

The PIO is required to process the request for providing the information and dispose of the same; either by providing the information or rejecting the request, within a period of 30 days from the date of receipt of request.

III) Appelllate Authorities

The Appelllate Authority will entertain and dispose off appeals against the decision of the PIO as required under the Act.
Public can obtain the details / addresses of APIO / PIO / AO from the captions "branch locator" / "List of branch wise AO,PIO & /APIO" in the Corporations website given below .

7. MODE & MEANS OF PAYMENT OF FEES AND COST

Fee and cost of information shall be as per the Right to Information (Regulation of Fee and Cost) Rules, 2005. The fee shall be payable either by Demand Draft OR Banker's Cheque drawn in favour of Kerala Financial Corporation. The fees, if paid in cash, should be deposited at the Branch nearest to the applicant and the receipt of payment should be enclosed to the application / request of information.

NAMES, DESIGNATION & OTHER PARTICULARS OF PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICERS & APPELLLATE AUTHORITIES

Head Office - Thiruvananthapuram

North Zone Central Zone South Zone
Kozhikode Thrissur Thiruvananthapuram
Kannur Ernakulam Kollam
Wayanad Perumbavoor Kottayam
Kasaragod Kattapana Pathanamthitta
Palakkad Thodupuzha  
Malappuram Alappuzha  


HEAD OFFICE, VELLAYAMBALAM, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - 695 033.


Sl. No.
Name & Designation of Officer(s) Designated post (APIO/ SPIO/ AA)* Mobile / E-Mail
1 Sri. P.B Sreekumar,
Deputy General Manager
AA 9496030124
2 Sri. Joy Thomas
Assistant General Manager
SPIO 9496108400
3 Sri. V.S Prakash
Deputy Manager
APIO 9446002737



AA :Appellate Authority
SPIO : State Public Information officer
APIO : Assistant Public Information Officer

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