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How to apply for the information

 

Central Government has framed the rules, which lays down the fees for the application as also the cost for obtaining the copies of records maintained by Bank.As per the Right to Information (Regulation of Fee and Cost) Rules 2005, a request for obtaining information under Section 6(1) of the Act shall be accompanied by an application fee of rupees ten by way of cash against proper receipt or by demand draft or bankers cheque or Indian Postal Order payable to the public authority.

The application accompanied by requisite application fee can be sent by post also.Bank is bound to consider and reply to the applicant within 30 days from the date of receipt of the application which may kindly be noted.In case the application is sent by fax or e-mail, the Central Public Information Officer shall acknowledge the same but shalltake it up for consideration only on receipt of the prescribed fee stated above.

For providing the information under sub-section (1) of Section 7 (disposal of request), the fee shall be charged by way of cash against proper receipt or by demand draft or by bankers cheque or Indian Postal Orders payable to the public authority at the following rates

a) Rs.2 - for each page (in A4 or A3 size paper) created or copied b) Actual charge or cost price of a copy in larger size paper, c) Actual cost or price for samples or models and d)for inspection ofrecords, no fee for the first hour; and a fee of Rs.5- for each subsequent hour (or fraction thereof ) thereafter. Further to provide information under sub-section (5) of Section 7, the fee shall be charged by way of cash against proper receipt or any demand draft or Bankers cheque or Indian Postal Orders payable to the public authority at the following rate :-

a) for information provided in diskette or floppy rupees fifty per diskette or floppy; and b) for information provided in printed form at the price fixed for such publication or rupees two per page of photocopy for extracts from the publication.

Information Exempted from disclosure

Certain categories of the information are exempted from disclosures to the Citizens and it is provided under Sec 8 & 9 of the Act. Hence the public is requested to refer the relative provisions of the Act before submitting a request for information.For convenience of the general public, the main ingredients of the said provisions are given below

Section 8. Exemption from disclosure of information

  • Not withstanding anything contained in this Act, there shall be no obligation to give any citizen,
  • information, disclosure of which would prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security, strategic, scientific or economic interests of the State, relation with foreign State or lead to incitement of an offence;
  • information which has been expressly forbidden to be published by any court of law or tribunal or the disclosure of which may constitute contempt of court;
  • information, the disclosure of which would cause a breach of privilege of Parliament or the State Legislature;
  • information including commercial confidence, trade secrets or intellectual property, the disclosure of which would harm the competitive position of a third party, unless the competent authority is satisfied that larger public interest warrants the disclosure of such information;
  • information available to a person in his fiduciary relationship, unless the competent authority is satisfied that the larger public interest warrants the disclosure of such information;
  • information received in confidence from foreign government
  • information, the disclosure of which would endanger the life or physical safety of any person or identify the source of information or assistance given in confidence for law enforcement or security purposes;
  • information which would impede the process of investigation or apprehension or prosecution of offenders;
  • cabinet papers including records of deliberations of the Council of Ministers, Secretaries and other officers; Provided that the decisions of Council of Ministers, the reasons thereof, and the material on the basis of which the decisions were taken shall be made public after the decision has been taken, and the matter is complete, or over; Provided further that those matters which come under the exemptions specified in this section shall not be disclosed;
  • information which relates to personal information the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual unless the Central Public Information
  • information which relates to personal information the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual unless the Central Public Information
  • Notwithstanding anything in the Official Secrets Act, 1923 nor any of the exemptions permissible in accordance with sub-section (1), a public authority may allow access to information, if public interest in disclosure outweighs the harm to the protected interests.
  • Subject to the provisions of clauses (a), (c) and (I) of sub-section (1), any information relating to any occurrence, event or matter which has taken place, occurred or happened twenty years before the date on which any request is made under