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Boatman saves lives of 200 kids, gets killed

Khammam (AP): A boatman in Bhadrachalam division of the Godavari lost
his life when he got electrocuted after he saved 200 school children
and was on his way to rescue some more.

Edukondalu, the boatman, went to a school in his boat to rescue 200
children trapped in Sasi Vihar, a private school, due to flash floods.
He rescued all of them and as he went in search of other stranded
people, he came into contact with a live power cable and got
electrocuted. His body was found on Friday.

Edukondalu supported his aged parents, wife and two children and the
poor family is now shattered.



About Right to Information

When does it come into force?

Who is covered?
What does information mean?
What does Right to Information mean?

When does it come into force?
It comes into force on the 12th October, 2005 (120th day of its
enactment on 15th June, 2005). Some provisions have come into force
with immediate effect viz. obligations of public authorities [S.4(1)],
designation of Public Information Officers and Assistant Public
Information Officers[S.5(1) and 5(2)], constitution of Central
Information Commission (S.12 and 13), constitution of State
Information Commission (S.15 and 16), non-applicability of the Act to
Intelligence and Security Organizations (S.24) and power to make rules
to carry out the provisions of the Act (S.27 and 28).

Who is covered?
The Act extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and
Kashmir. [S.(12)]

What does information mean?
Information means any material in any form including records,
documents, memos, e-mails, opinions, advices, press releases,
circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples,
models, data material held in any electronic form and information
relating to any private body which can be accessed by a public
authority under any other law for the time being in force but does not
include "file notings". [S.2(f)].

What does Right to Information mean?
It includes the right to -
inspect works, documents, records.
take notes, extracts or certified copies of documents or records.
take certified samples of material.
obtain information in form of printouts, diskettes, floppies, tapes,
video cassettes or in any other electronic mode or through

Procedure for Request of Information

What is the Application Procedure for requesting information?
What is the time limit to get the information?
What is the fee?
What could be the ground for rejection?

1. What is the Application Procedure for requesting information?
Apply in writing or through electronic means in English or Hindi or
in the official language of the area, to the PIO, specifying the
particulars of the information sought for.
Reason for seeking information are not required to be given;
Pay fees as may be prescribed (if not belonging to the below poverty
line category).

2. What is the time limit to get the information?
30 days from the date of application
48 hours for information concerning the life or liberty of a person
5 days shall be added to the above response time, in case the
application for information is given to Assistant Public Information
If the interests of a third party are involved then time limit will be
40 days (maximum period + time given to the party to make
Failure to provide information within the specified period is a deemed refusal.

3. What is the fee?
Application fees to be prescribed which must be reasonable.
If further fees are required, then the same must be intimated in
writing with calculation details of how the figure was arrived at;
Applicant can seek review of the decision on fees charged by the PIO
by applying to the appropriate Appellate Authority;
No fees will be charged from people living below the poverty line
Applicant must be provided information free of cost if the PIO fails
to comply with the prescribed time limit.

4. What could be the ground for rejection?
If it is covered by exemption from disclosure. (S.8)
If it infringes copyright of any person other than the State. (S.9)

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