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The basic object of the RTI Act is to empower the citizens, promote transparency and accountability in the working of the Government, contain corruption, and make our democracy work of the people in real sense. It goes without saying that an informed citizen is better equipped to keep necessary vigil on the instruments of governance and make the Government more accountable to the governed. The Act is a big step towards making the citizens informed about the activities of the Government.

Constitution of Commission and appointment of Commissioners.

Section 15 of the Act provides for constitution of State Information Commission, a multi-member body consisting of the State Chief Information Commissioner and some State Information Commissioners. The Act creates the post of up to 10 Commissioners apart from the State Chief Information Commissioner. Therefore, though the State is given discretion to appoint as many State Information Commissioners as it deems necessary, this number cannot be less than one and cannot exceed ten. The State Commissioners would be equal in seniority to the Chief Secretary, and the Chief Information Commissioner to that of an Election Commissioner. State Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners shall be appointed by Governor of the State on the recommendation of an appointment committee set up under the Act consisting of the Chief Minister, the Leader of Opposition, and a Cabinet Minister nominated by Chief Minister. [Section 15]. A Commissioner can, therefore, be removed only by the Governor of the State after making a reference to the Supreme Court and getting an enquiry report from it. [Section 17].

With the enactment of the Right to Information Act-2005, the fact that the Right to Information is a fundamental right flowing from Articles !9(i)(a) and 21 of the Constitution of India has now been well settled. The ultimate aim of the Right to Information Act is to have a well informed citizenry, which is aware of its rights, and well trained officers of public authorities who are aware of their duties and functions under the Act. A Government committed to effective implementation of the Act together with active participation of non-governmental organizations and other activists and with an active Information Commission would be able to achieve the desired results. The State Information Commission, Gujarat, which came into being on 12-10-2005 is on the forefront to achieve the goals enshrined in the Right to Information Act, 2005 to mould an informed citizenry, to promote transparency of information held by or under the control of the public authorities, contain corruption, and to hold governments and its instrumentalities accountable to the governed.

Protection of action taken in good faith.

No suit, prosecution or other legal proceedings shall lie against any person for anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done under this Act or any rule made thereunder.

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