1Short title, extent and commencement
This Act may be called the Freedom of Information Act, 2002. It extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir. It shall come into forc...
2Definitions
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,- "appropriate Government" means in relation to a public authority established, constituted, owned, subs...
3Freedom of information
CHAPTER II Subject to the provisions of this Act, all citizens shall have freedom of information....
4Obligations on public authorities
Every public authority shall- maintain all its records, in such manner and form as is consistent with its operational requirements duly catalogued and index...
5Appointment of Public Information Officers
Every public authority shall for the purposes of this Act, appoint one or more officers as Public Information Officers. Every Public Information Officer sha...
6Request for obtaining information
A person desirous of obtaining information shall make a request in writing or through electronic means, to the concerned Public Information Officer specifyi...
7Disposal of requests
On receipt of a request under section 6, the Public Information Officer shall, as expeditiously as possible, and in any case within thirty days of the recei...
8Exemption from disclosure of information
Notwithstanding anything hereinbefore contained, the following information not being information relating to any matter referred to in sub-section shall ...
9Grounds for refusal to access in certain cases
Without prejudice to the provisions of section 8, a Public Information Officer may reject a request for information also where such request- is too general ...
10Severability
If a request for access to information is rejected on the ground that it is in relation to information which is exempted from disclosure, then notwithstandi...
11Third party information
Where a public authority intends to disclose any information or record, or part thereof, on a request made under this Act which relates to, or has been su...
12Appeals
Any person aggrieved by a decision of the Public Information Officer may, within thirty days of receipt of such decision, prefer an appeal to such authori...
13Protection of action taken in good faith
CHAPTER III No suit, prosecution or other legal proceeding shall lie against any person for anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done und...
14Act to have overriding effect
The provisions of this Act shall have effect notwithstanding anything inconsistent therewith contained in the Official Secrets Act, 1923 (19 of 1923), and a...
15Bar of jurisdiction of courts
No court shall entertain any suit, application or other proceeding in respect of any order made under this Act and no such order shall be called in question...
16Act not to apply to certain organizations
Nothing contained in this Act shall apply to the intelligence and security organisations, specified in the Schedule, being organisations established by the ...
17Power to make rules by Central Government
The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules to carry out the provisions of this Act. In particular, and without prejudic...
18Power to make rules by State Government
The State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules to carry out the provisions of this Act. In particular, and without prejudice ...
19Rule making power by competent authority
The competent authority may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules to carry out the provisions of this Act. In particular, and without prejudi...
20Laying of rules
Every rule made by the Central Government under this Act shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before each House of Parliament, while it is in ...
21Power to remove difficulties
If any difficulty arises in giving effect to the provisions of this Act, the Central Government may, by order published in the Official Gazette, make such...
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