The Right to Information Act, 2005 outlines a practical framework that grants citizens the ability to access information held by public authorities. This initiative aims to foster transparency and accountability within the functioning of these authorities.
As defined in Section 2(h) of the Act, a "public authority" encompasses any entity, body, or institution exercising self-governance, established through the constitution or through laws enacted by Parliament, state legislatures, or government notifications. This category also includes bodies that are government-owned, controlled, or significantly funded.
As per Section 2(j) of the Act, the Right to Information denotes the privilege to access information held by or under the control of a public authority, as outlined in this legislation.