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RIGHT TO INFORMATION

 

              In pursuance of the promulgation of Right to Information Act, 2005 the following been put in position:

 

1.                   Any citizen of India seeking any information relating to Punjab Wakf Board can submit application to Public Information Officer (PIO), Chief Executive Officer, Punjab Wakf Board, SCO 1062-63, Sector 22-B, Chandigarh

2.                   The application shall be considered for providing desired information only if accompanied by application fee as per RTI Act.

3.                   The application fee may be deposited by Postal Order in favour of “Punjab Aukaf”, Punjab Wakf Board.

4.                   After receipt of response from PIO, if the applicant is not satisfied with the information or information is denied, he may file an appeal against the same within 30 days of the communication, which is to be addressed to the following concerned appellate authority.

 

Appellate Authority/      Public Information Officer/

Chairman                        Chief Executive Officer

Punjab Wakf Board              Punjab  Wakf Board

SCO 1062-63, SCO 22-B,     SCO 1062-63, SCO 22-B,

Chandigarh                             Chandigarh

 

Assistant Public Information Officer (APIO)/Estate Officer

 

 

THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005

 

In order to ensure greater and more effective access to information, the Government resolved that the Freedom of information Act, 2002 enacted by the Parliament needs to be made more progressive, participatory and meaningful. The National Advisory Council deliberated on the issue and suggested certain important changes to be incorporated in the existing Act to ensure smoother and greater access to information. The Government examined the suggestions made by the National Advisory Council and others and decided to make a number of changes in the law.

 

              The important changes proposed to be incorporated, inter alia, include establishment of an appellate machinery with investigating powers to review decisions of the Public Information Officers, penal provisions for failure to provide information as per law, provisions to ensure maximum disclosure and minimum exemptions, consistent with the constitutional provisions, and effective mechanism, for access to information and disclosure by authorities, etc. In view of significant changes proposed in the existing Act, the Government also decided to repeal the Freedom of Information Act, 2002. The proposed legislation will provide an effective framework for effectuating the right of information recognized under Article 19 of the Constitution of India.

 

An Act 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 every public authority, the constitution of a Central Information Commission and State Information Commissions and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereof .

 

              WHEREAS the Constitution of India has established democratic Republic.

 

              AND WHEREAS 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 instrumentalities accountable to the governed.

 

              AND WHEREAS revelation of information in actual practice is likely to conflict with other public interests including efficient operations of the Governments, optimum use of limited fiscal resources and the preservation of confidentially of sensitive information.

 

              AND WHEREAS it is necessary to harmonise these conflicting interests while preserving the paramountcy of the democratic ideal;

 

              NOW, THEREFORE, it is expedient to provide for furnishing certain information to citizens who desires to have it.

 

              BE it enacted by Parliament in the fifty sixth years of the Republic of India. It extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

 

              In order to comply the requirement of the Right to Information Act, 2005 the Punjab Wakf Board appointed all the Estate Officers as Assistant Public Information Officer (APIO) on the every Distt. Headquarter or on the Headquarter of Estate Officer (EO Circle). The Chief Executive Officer, Punjab Wakf Board was appointed as Public Information Officer (PIO) and the Chairman, Punjab Wakf Board is the appellant authority in order to settle/resolve any grievance of any applicant who is aggrieved with the orders passed by APIO and PIO.