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Right to Information Act

People's Right to Know

Information Commission
Archaeology Building (3rd Floor )
F -4 / A , Agargaon Administrative Area
Sher Bangla Nagar, Dhaka -1207
The complaint No. 104 / 013

The complainant Md. Helal Uddin Khan
Father – Habibur Rahman Khan
Gramah kakabasiya
PO anuliya assasuni
Satkhira .

Respondent : Mr. Md. Ruhul Amin
Head Teacher
Designated Officer ( RTI )
He kakabasiya Secondary Schools
Assasuni , Satkhira .
( Date: June 3-1 II – ENG 013 ) Read more

Written by: Dr. Shamsul Bari, Chairman, RIB, Bangladesh.

Lessons learnt and future directions:

The general picture:
When we first met in New Delhi in March 2010 to discuss progress and prospects of RTI/FOI laws in South Asia, the Bangladesh RTI Act 2009 was only nine months in force. Those of us who came from Bangladesh had thus very little experience to share at the meeting on the application of the law in our country. We had expressed our general optimism about it and we made up for our lack of experience with our excitement and enthusiasm for it. With the passage of more than three and a half years since that law came into force, we can now talk about our experience during this period. Have our expectations been met? How much have we been able to achieve? Where have we failed? What challenges/hurdles do we face and Read more

My Country, My Rights, My Responsibilities

Right to Information Act, 2009

The Bangladesh constitution clearly states in Article 7. (1): “All powers in the Republic belong to the people.” But is that the case in reality? As citizens of the country, do we really enjoy that power?

The answer, of course, is a big “no”. So what can we do about it?

How can we establish our ownership of State power?

The only answer to the question is that as citizens we have the responsibility to exercise the rights recognized in our constitution. They will not be established automatically. We have to claim and demonstrate our ownership of them. Our tasks, in this regard, have been made easier by the adoption of the Right to Information Act, in short RTI Act, by our Parliament in 2009.

What are the main objectives of the Right to Information Act?

The basic objectives of RTI law are to ensure that:

* citizens have the opportunity to ask for relevant information from all public authorities –

whether government and NGOs benefitting from public fund and foreign donations – to check

whether they are following established laws, rules and regulations in their work;

* all public offices work in an open and transparent manner;

* all public officials know that they work for and are accountable to the people;

* good governance is established, corruption is reduced and democracy strengthened.

How public authorities are made accountable through RTI law?

* The RTI Act requires that all information, with few well-defined exceptions, that are stored in public offices and/or created in the process of the work of public authorities is made accessible to the citizens.

* All files, papers, documents, reports, books, decisions etc are made available for public scrutiny and review.

* Transparent and people-friendly administration is established to replace the culture of secrecy,

confidentiality and closed-door offices of the past. Leaflet RIB-RTI-WB 2014 - Eng.  16-01-2014- PDF_Page_1

What is the meaning of “Information” under RTI law?

The term ‘information” as used in the RTI law means any matter, materials, written reports of stored in and/or Read more

“Akti Tatthyakaran Prokriya [Right to Information Act in Bangladesh and the Marginalized Communities: A Documentation Process”

This book gives an empirical evidence of the pilot project in 2010 on the right to information. The project objectives, work strategy and work areas are elabor ately described in this book. The project management aspects are also clearly identified.
Bangladeshe Tatthya Odhikar Ain O...

The challenges and opportunities regarding publicizing and use of and sensitization on the right to information law are identified here. Some future directions are also provided in the book. This may be treated as a reference guide for future research works.

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