Tuesday, February 08, 2011

THE QUESTION ANSWER ROUND ON THE RTI ACT,2005



Quiz Question #1: 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.

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Quiz Question #2: FoI / RTI finds a mention in:

Your Answer: D. All the above covenants.

Correct Answer: D. All the above covenants.

Reason: Correct.

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Quiz Question #3: FoI / RTI laws are also referred to as:

Your Answer: B. "open-government laws" and "sunshine laws"

Correct Answer: B. "open-government laws" and "sunshine laws"

Reason: Correct.

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Quiz Question #1: RTI is closely aligned with the `Fundamental Right` in the `Constitution of India` of

Your Answer: B. Right to Freedom (of Speech and Expression)`

Correct Answer: B. Right to Freedom (of Speech and Expression)`

Reason: Correct.

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Quiz Question #2: The genesis of RTI in India makes it

Your Answer: D. All the above

Correct Answer: D. All the above

Reason: Correct.

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Quiz Question #3: Which was the State in which local authorities started providing people access to certain information related to the `Public Distribution System` (PDS) even before the State Assembly introduced / passed an RTI Act?

Your Answer: B. Madhya Pradesh

Correct Answer: B. Madhya Pradesh

Reason: Correct. It happened in Madhya Pradesh in certain places like Bilaspur and Korba. This was before the State of Chhattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh in November 2000. The Madhya Pradesh Assembly passed the RTI Act in 2002.


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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.

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Quiz Question #2: The `Right to Information Act, 2005` came into full force on

Your Answer: B. 12th October, 2005.

Correct Answer: B. 12th October, 2005.

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

Your Answer: C. 31

Correct Answer: C. 31

Reason: Correct.


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Quiz Question #1: The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Government of India (GoI) is: i) A Competent Authority under `RTI Act, 2005`. ii) The Nodal Department for the inplementation of `RTI Act, 2005` in the country. iii) A Public Authority.

Your Answer: B. ii) & iii)

Correct Answer: B. ii) & iii)

Reason: Correct.


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Quiz Question #2: The guidelines to be published and updated by an Appropriate Government should cover, among other things: i) Objects of the `RTI Act, 2005`. ii) manner and form of making a request to PIOs. iii) Assistance available form Central / State Information Commission.

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

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

Reason: Correct.

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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.

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Quiz Question #1: The communication from a PIO rejecting a request under `RTI Act, 2005` should contain

Your Answer: D. All the above

Correct Answer: D. All the above

Reason: Correct. This has been stipulated by S. 7(8) of the `RTI Act, 2005`

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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

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Quiz Question #3: It is NOT required for a Public Authority (PA) to: i) Designate adequate number of PIOs & APIOs and FAAs with appropriate seniority. ii) Computerise such records as are appropriate to be computerised (within a reasonable time, subject to availability of resources). iii) Make information available in the local language and in a cost effective manner. iv) Publish proactive disclosure-related information on the Internet.

Your Answer: D. Neither. A PA is required to do all the above.

Correct Answer: D. Neither. A PA is required to do all the above.

Reason: Correct.

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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.

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Quiz Question #2: Salaries and allowances of the State Chief Information Commissioner will be on par with

Your Answer: D. Election Commissioner.

Correct Answer: D. Election Commissioner.

Reason: Correct.

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Quiz Question #3: Which of the following statements about the "Annual Reports" of Information Commissions are true? i) They should state the number of requests made to each Public Authority. ii) The number of decisions where applicants were not allowed access to documents. iii) the provisions invoked and the number of times they were invoked. iv) the amount of charges collected by each Public Authority under this Act.

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

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

Reason: Correct.


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Quiz Question #1: Who receives applications under the `RTI Act, 2005`?

Your Answer: D. Only a. and b.

Correct Answer: D. Only a. and b.

Reason: Correct.

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Quiz Question #2: An RTI application can be sent

Your Answer: D. Through any of these means.

Correct Answer: D. Through any of these means.

Reason: Correct.

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Quiz Question #3: Which of the following are applicable to requests for information under the `RTI Act, 2005`? i) The request should specify the particulars of the information sought. ii) The request should be accompanied with an application fee as prescribed by the `Appropriate Government` - for non-BPL persons. iii) The request should clearly state the reasons for asking for the information. iv) the request should explain the purpose for which the information is going to be put. v) The request should contain the applicant`s contact information.

Your Answer: B. Only i), ii) & v).

Correct Answer: B. Only i), ii) & v).

Reason: Correct.


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Quiz Question #1: A first appeal against the decision of a PIO can be preferred by i) An Applicant. ii) A person from within the Public Authority. iii) A person outside the Public Authority to whom the information pertains.

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

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

Reason: Correct.


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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.


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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.



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Quiz Question #1: The grounds for a complaint could be i) inability to submit a request to the PIO. ii) refusal to access information under the RTI Act. iii) not getting a response to a request for information.

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

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

Reason: Correct.


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Quiz Question #2: While inquiring into a complaint, Information Commissions have the power to i) summon and enforce attendance of persons. ii) compel them to give evidence on oath and produce documents or things. iii) Require discovery and inspection of documents.

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

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

Reason: Correct.

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Quiz Question #3: 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.



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Quiz Question #1: 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.

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Quiz Question #2: Whose decision shall be final regarding computation of the period of 20 years as the time period till which information is to be given?

Your Answer: C. Central Government.

Correct Answer: C. Central Government.

Reason: Correct.

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Quiz Question #3: The `RTI Act, 2005` says that personal information may be disclosed if i) its disclosure has no relationship to any public activity or interest. ii) it does not cause unwarranted invasion of privacy. iii) the PIO or the appellate authority concerned is satisfied that the larger public interest justifies the disclosure of such information...

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

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

Reason: Correct.



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Quiz Question #1: The Second Schedule of the RTI Act, 2005 can be amended by

Your Answer: B. the Central Government.

Correct Answer: B. the Central Government.

Reason: Correct.

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Quiz Question #2: 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.

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Quiz Question #3: Consider the following statements about amending the Second Schedule. i) The Central Government can amend it. ii) It can amend it by notification in the Official Gazette. iii) It can include any other intelligence and security organisation. iv) It can omit any already existing organisation. iv) Every such notification shall be laid before each House of the Parliament. Which of these statements are true?

Your Answer: A. They are all true.

Correct Answer: A. They are all true.

Reason: Correct.



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Quiz Question #1: Would the action in good faith provision be applicable if a PIO unknowingly discloses exempted information.

Your Answer: A. Yes. It applies to any action of any official under the `RTI Act` or any rule thereunder.

Correct Answer: A. Yes. It applies to any action of any official under the `RTI Act` or any rule thereunder.

Reason: Correct.

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Quiz Question #2: The `RTI Act, 2005` will supersede

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

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

Reason: Correct.


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Quiz Question #3: 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.

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