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 “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”.          (Preamble to RTI Act, 2005)



The first draft of the Right to Information Bill was presented to the Parliament on 22 December 2004.  The Right to Information Act, 2005 (Act No.22 Central Act 2005) received the assent of the President of India on the 15th  of June, 2005 and was notified in the Official Gazette of India on 21st of June, 2005.  Sections 4(1), 5(1), 5(2), 12, 13, 15, 16, 24, 27 and 28 of this Act came into force w.e.f. the date of notification and the remaining provisions came into force on the 12th of October, 2005.  The Act extends to the whole of India except Jammu and Kashmir.  It is applicable to all Constitutional Authorities, including the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary and includes any institution or body established or constituted by an Act of the Parliament or a State Legislature or by order or notification of appropriate Government.  Bodies “owned, controlled or substantially financed” by Government and, even non-Government organisations “substantially financed, directly or indirectly by funds” provided by the Government are also brought under its ambit.

The main objective of the Right to Information Act, 2005 is to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every Public Authority in the country and to eliminate the scourge of corruption.  The Act mandates a legal-institutional framework for setting out a practical regime of right to information for every citizen to secure access to information held by or under the control of Public Authorities.  This is a path-breaking legislation that enables the country to break away from the colonial legacy of secrecy, which is anathema to a democratic system.  Setting up of Information Commissions at the Central and State levels to ensure the effective implementation of the right to information regime in the country is one of the most key provisions of the Act.

Constitution and composition of Kerala State Information Commission

Kerala State Information Commission was constituted under section 15(1) of the Right to Information Act 2005, consisting of the State Chief Information Commissioner and four State Information Commissioners.  Under section 15(3) of the Act, the Government have appointed the following as the State Chief Information Commissioner and State Information Commissioners and they have assumed charge on the dates mentioned against each.

      i)  Sri. Palat Mohandas, IAS (Retd), Chief Information Commissioner     :  21-12-2005
       ii)  Shri. V.V. Giry, Information Commissioner                                      :  21-12-2005
      iii)  Shri.  P. Faziluddin, Information Commissioner                                :  24-05-2006
      iv)  Shri.  P.N. Vijayakumar, Information Commissioner                          :  24-05-2006

Official telephone numbers of the State Chief Information Commissioner and State Information Commissioners and other officers of the Commission are given at Annexure-I.

Functioning of the Commission

The Head Quarters of the Commission is situated in building No.XXVI/298, Punnen  Road, Thiruvananthapuram-695039.  An amount of Rs.302.48 lakh was provided in the State budget to meet the expenses of the State Information Commission during the year 2006-07.  But only an amount of Rs.108.11 lakh could be incurred by the Commission during the year under report due to non-filling up of a number of posts sanctioned to the Commission

Government have sanctioned only a skeleton staff in the beginning for initiating functioning of the Commission, details of which are given in  Annexure-II, and assured that additional posts will be created as and when required.  Some of the posts already created are yet to be filled up.  There has been a steep increase in the number of petitions received by the Commission. The skeleton staff provided is found inadequate to process the petitions received by the Commission resulting in heavy backlog in the disposal of petitions.  The Commission has proposed the Government to provide additional staff for the speedy disposal of petitions.  But no fruitful steps have been taken by the Government so far to provide the required number of staff taking into consideration the number of petitions received by the Commission.


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