Wednesday, October 20, 2010

TOP UP ON THE RTI ACT ,2005

MODULE - 1, CHAPTER - 1


Quiz Question #1: Which of these countries does not have a comprehensive right to / freedom of legislation information yet?

Your Answer: D. Neither

Correct Answer: D. Neither

Reason: Correct. All the countries have comprehensive RTI / FoI legislations



Quiz Question #2: How many countries in the world have Freedom of Information or Right to Information legislations / regimes?

Your Answer: D. Over 80

Correct Answer: D. Over 80

Reason: Correct.



Quiz Question #3: FoI / RTI finds a mention in:

Your Answer: D. All the above covenants.

Correct Answer: D. All the above covenants.

Reason: Correct.



MODULE - 1, CHAPTER - 2

Quiz Question #1: The genesis of RTI in India makes it

Your Answer: D. All the above

Correct Answer: D. All the above

Reason: Correct.



Quiz Question #2: Which organisation is known to have taken up the first grassroots initiative for people`s RTI?

Your Answer: C. Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan` (MKSS)

Correct Answer: C. Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan` (MKSS)

Reason: Correct.



Quiz Question #3: The second State to enact a law on RTI was

Your Answer: D. Goa

Correct Answer: D. Goa

Reason: Correct. Goa did so in 1997



MODULE - 1, CHAPTER - 3

Quiz Question #1: The `Preamble` of the `RTI Act, 2005` says that "informed citizenry and transparency of information" are vital to

Your Answer: D. All the above.

Correct Answer: D. All the above.

Reason: Correct.



Quiz Question #2: Enactment of the `RTI Act, 2005` provides for

Your Answer: C. Both a and b.

Correct Answer: C. Both a and b.

Reason: Correct.



Quiz Question #3: How many sections does the `RTI Act, 2005` have?

Your Answer: C. 31

Correct Answer: C. 31

Reason: Correct.



MODULE - 2, CHAPTER - 1

Quiz Question #1: Who is expected to and authorised to make Rules under the `RTI Act, 2005`?

Your Answer: D. Both a. & b.

Correct Answer: D. Both a. & b.

Reason: Correct.



Quiz Question #2: Rules can be made by Appropriate Governments or Competent Authorities by notifying the rules: i) in the Official Gazette. ii) by publishing them on the website of the Appropriate Government. iii) by publishing them on the websites of Information Commissions - as applicable.

Your Answer: A. i) as per the `RTI Act, 2005`

Correct Answer: A. i) as per the `RTI Act, 2005`

Reason: Correct.



Quiz Question #3: For the PIO to disclose certain information, the Competent Authority should be satisfied that larger public interest warrants its disclosure. This information pertains to: i) commercial confidence. ii) trade secrets. iii) intellectual property. iv) information available to a person in his fiduciary relationship.

Your Answer: B. All i), ii), iii) & iv).

Correct Answer: B. All i), ii), iii) & iv).

Reason: Correct.



MODULE - 2, CHAPTER - 2

Quiz Question #1: Under `RTI Act, 2005`, what was the deadline for all Public Authorities to, suo motu, publish information?

Your Answer: C. 12th October, 2005.

Correct Answer: C. 12th October, 2005.

Reason: Correct. Section 7(1) of the `RTI Act, 2005` states, among other things, that "… where information sought for concers the life and liberty of a person, the same shall be provided within forty-eight hours of the receipt of the request"



Quiz Question #2: What is the time limit for a `Public Information Officer` for providing requested information concerning the life and liberty of a person?

Your Answer: C. It has to be provided within 48 hours.

Correct Answer: C. It has to be provided within 48 hours.

Reason: Correct. Section 7(1) of the `RTI Act, 2005` states, among other things, that "… where information sought for concers the life and liberty of a person, the same shall be provided within forty-eight hours of the receipt of the request". The answer is c - It has to be provided within 48 hours



Quiz Question #3: How many TYPES of `Public Authorities` are there?

Your Answer: D. Two. Central Public Authorities and State Public Authorities.

Correct Answer: D. Two. Central Public Authorities and State Public Authorities.

Reason: Correct.



MODULE - 2, CHAPTER - 3

Quiz Question #1: An Information Commissioner can be removed from office on grounds of i) conviction in an offence involving moral turpitude. ii) acquiring a financial interest pejudicially affecting the functions as an Information Commissioner or engaging in a paid employment. iii) infirmity of body and / or mind. iv) being adjudged an insolvent.

Your Answer: A. All i), ii), iii) & iv)

Correct Answer: A. All i), ii), iii) & iv)

Reason: Correct.



Quiz Question #2: The time limit specified in the `RTI Act, 2005` for the Central / State Information Commissions to decide on (second) appeals is

Your Answer: C. No such time limit has been specified.

Correct Answer: C. No such time limit has been specified.

Reason: Correct.



Quiz Question #3: The time limit specified in the `RTI Act, 2005` for the Central / State Information Commissions to decide on complaints is

Your Answer: A. No such time limit has been specified.

Correct Answer: A. No such time limit has been specified.

Reason: Correct.



MODULE - 3, CHAPTER - 1

Quiz Question #1: As per the `RTI Act, 2005`, the fee(s) to be charged from a person below poverty line is

Your Answer: A. nil

Correct Answer: A. nil

Reason: Correct.



Quiz Question #2: How could a Public Information Officer receive applications? i) Those submitted by a requester in hand. ii) Those sent by an applicant by E-Mail. iii) Those transferred by another Public Authority. iv) Those forwarded by an Assistant Public Information Officer.

Your Answer: B. Any or all i), ii), iii) & iv).

Correct Answer: B. Any or all i), ii), iii) & iv).

Reason: Correct.



Quiz Question #3: Which of the following are true?

Your Answer: D. All are true.

Correct Answer: D. All are true.

Reason: Correct.



MODULE - 3, CHAPTER - 2

Quiz Question #1: The First Appellate Authority has the discretion to admit appeals preferred by a third party after 30 days

Your Answer: B. There is no such discretion available to the First Appellate Authority.

Correct Answer: B. There is no such discretion available to the First Appellate Authority.

Reason: Correct.



Quiz Question #2: The First Appellate Authority

Your Answer: A. should be senior to all the Public Information Officers within the unit of a Public Authority concerned.

Correct Answer: A. should be senior to all the Public Information Officers within the unit of a Public Authority concerned.

Reason: Correct.



Quiz Question #3: Consider the following statements about Information Commissions. i) There is no time limit for the Information Commissions to decide 2nd appeals. ii) Decisions of Information Commissions are binding only on the appellants, but not on the Public Authorities. iii) There is a lower limit for the penalty that Information Commissions can impose on a PIO. iv) There is no upper limit for the penalty that Information Commissions can impose on a PIO. Which of these are false?

Your Answer: B. Only ii) & iv).

Correct Answer: B. Only ii) & iv).

Reason: Correct.



MODULE - 3, CHAPTER - 3

Quiz Question #1: Which of the following are true about an inquiry carried out by an Information Commission? i) It may examine any record to which the `RTI Act, 2005` applies. ii) No such record can be witheld from it (irrespective of any provision of any Act passed by the Parliament or the State Legislature). iii) IC has the powers of a Civil Court trying a suit under the Code of Civil Procedure.

Your Answer: D. All i), ii) & iii).

Correct Answer: D. All i), ii) & iii).

Reason: Correct.



Quiz Question #2: A Public Information Officer will be liable to be imposed a monetary penalty for i) refusal to receive an information application. ii) not providing information within specified time limits. iii) destroying information.

Your Answer: A. All i), ii) & iii).

Correct Answer: A. All i), ii) & iii).

Reason: Correct.



Quiz Question #3: Consider the following. A PIO: i) malafidely denies information. ii) obstructed furnishing information. iii) knowingly gave incorrect, incomplete or misleading information. For which of these actions can he / she be penalised by an Information Commission.

Your Answer: A. Any or all of these.

Correct Answer: A. Any or all of these.

Reason: Correct.



MODULE - 4, CHAPTER - 1

Quiz Question #1: There are certain exemptions with respect to the information that can be provided under the `RTI Act, 2005`.

Your Answer: A. True.

Correct Answer: A. True.

Reason: Correct. Exemptions are in the form of certain types of information being exempted as stipulated by Ss. 8 and 9. As and where these exemptions are applicable, information can be entirely / partially rejected.



Quiz Question #2: Of the following, information not exempted from disclosure is:

Your Answer: C. Information which cannot be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislature.

Correct Answer: C. Information which cannot be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislature.

Reason: Correct.



Quiz Question #3: PIO should disclose information exempted in S. 8(1) if public interest in disclosure outweighs the harm to the protected interests.

Your Answer: B. Yes.

Correct Answer: B. Yes.

Reason: Correct.



MODULE - 4, CHAPTER - 2

Quiz Question #1: The Second Schedule of the RTI Act, 2005 has so far been amended

Your Answer: D. 3 times.

Correct Answer: D. 3 times.

Reason: Correct.



Quiz Question #2: For providing which of the following information do intelligence and security organisations of the Central / State Governments have to seek the approval of the Central / State Information Commissions - as the case may be?

Your Answer: B. Information pertaining to allegations of violations of human rights.

Correct Answer: B. Information pertaining to allegations of violations of human rights.

Reason: Correct.



Quiz Question #3: According to the `RTI Act, 2005`, as far as exempted organisations are concerned, the exemption applies to i) certain organisations of the Central Government as listed in the 2nd Schedule and to the information submitted by these organisations to this Government. ii) certain organisations of the State Governments as may be notified by them in the Official Gazette, but NOT to the information furnished by these organisations to the respective State Governments.

Your Answer: C. Both i) & ii) are true.

Correct Answer: C. Both i) & ii) are true.

Reason: Correct.



MODULE - 4, CHAPTER - 3

Quiz Question #1: Who has the power to remove the difficulties arising in giving effect to the provisions of the `RTI Act, 2005`?

Your Answer: B. The Central Government.

Correct Answer: B. The Central Government.

Reason: Correct.



Quiz Question #2: Consider the following statements about "Bar on jurisdiction of courts" vis-avis the `RTI Act, 2005`. i) No court shall entertain any suit, application or other proceeding in respect of any order made under this Act. ii) No such order shall be called in question otherwise than by way of an appeal under this Act. Which of these statements is true?

Your Answer: D. Both i) & ii) are true.

Correct Answer: D. Both i) & ii) are true.

Reason: Correct.



Quiz Question #3: As per the `RTI Act, 2005`, the order containing provisions for removing difficulties in giving effect to the provisions of the Act

Your Answer: D. All a,b & c.

Correct Answer: D. All a,b & c.

Reason: Correct.



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