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User guides and Tips

In this section you will find User Guides and educational material containing Tips for requestors for accessing information under the respective FOI/RTI laws in South Asia.


After the excitement stirred by the passage of India’s Right to Information Act in 2005, this guidance note seeks to clarify the rights, responsibilities and practical operations of the new Information Commissions, whose formation is mandated by the Act at the central and state levels. Drawing on best practice and experience in India and abroad, this resource covers the appeals and complaints procedures, the promotion of the Act, coordination between the different nodal institutions and the sensitive issue of requesting information regarding human rights allegations....Read more
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This updated user guide is an invaluable resource for individuals, NGOs and governments, whether they seek to use India’s Right to Information Act (2005) or draw on India’s experience under the Act in their own countries. It answers the questions “What is the Right to Information?”, “How can I get the Act to help me?”, “What information can I get?” and covers a range of other issues, from proactive disclosures to the appeals process....Read more
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