RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT 2005

RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005
Objective of the Right to Information Act
Objective of the Right to Information Act

The Government of India has enacted 'the Right to Information Act 2005' to provide for setting out the practical regime of right to information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of Public Authorities. The basic objective of the Right to Information Act is to empower the citizens, promote transparency and accountability in the working of the Public Authorities, contain corruption, and make our democracy work for the people in real sense.

What is Information
What is Information

Information is any material in any form. It includes records, documents, memos, e-mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material held in any electronic form. It also includes information relating to any private body which can be accessed by the public authority under any law for the time being in force.

What is Right to Information
What is Right to Information

The right to information includes an access to the information which is held by or under the control of any public authority and includes the right to inspect the work, document, records, taking notes, extracts or certified copies of documents / records and certified samples of the materials and obtaining information which is also stored in electronic form.

Who can Seek information
Who can Seek information

Section 3 of the Right to Information Act provides as under:

"Subject to the provisions of this Act, all citizens shall have the right to information."

Normally, an applicant is not required to submit any proof of citizenship. However, if the CPIO has any doubt about the identity of the applicant he can seek for his proof of identification.

The Act gives the right to information only to the citizens of India. It does not make provision for giving information to Corporations, Associations, and Companies etc. which are legal entities / persons but not citizens. However, if an application is made by an employee or office bearer of any Corporation, Association, Company, NGO etc. indicating his name and such employee or office bearer is a citizen of India, information may be supplied to him / her. In such cases, it would be presumed that a citizen has sought information at the address of the Corporation.

What is a Public Authority
What is a Public Authority

A "public authority" is any authority or body or institution of self government established or constituted by or under the Constitution; or by any other law made by the Parliament or a State Legislature; or by notification issued or order made by the Central Government or a State Government. The bodies owned, controlled or substantially financed by the Central Government or a State Government and non-Government organizations substantially financed by the Central Government or a State Government also fall within the definition of public authority. State Bank of India is a Public Authority.

Structure of RTI in the Bank
Structure of RTI in the Bank
Central Assistant Public Information Officer (CAPIO)

The Bank has designated 14478 officers up to the rank of Asstt. General Manager as Central Assistant Public Information Officer (CAPIO) in the Bank. These officers send the application or appeal to the Central Public Information Officer or the concerned Appellate Authority for disposal. An Assistant Public Information Officer is not responsible for supply of the information.

Central Public Information Officer (CPIO)

Central Public Information Officers are responsible for giving information to a person who seeks information under the RTI Act. The Bank has designated 897 officers of the rank of AGM and above as Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) in the Bank.

Appellate Authority (A A)

If an applicant is not supplied information within the prescribed time of thirty days or 48 hours, as the case may be, or is not satisfied with the information furnished to him, he may prefer an appeal to the First Appellate Authority who is an officer senior in rank to the Central Public Information Officer. The Bank has designated 88 officers of the rank of GM and above as Appellate Authorities in Bank.

Format of Application

There is no prescribed format of application for seeking information. The application can be made on plain paper. The application should, however, have the name and complete postal address of the applicant. Even in cases where the information is sought electronically, the application should contain the name and postal address of the applicant. The application should be made in English or Hindi or in the official language of the area in which the application is being made, accompanied by the prescribed fee and specifying the particulars of the information sought.

Payment of RTI Fee & Cost of Information

The RTI fee and the cost of information, where applicable, is to be paid by Demand Draft or Bankers Cheque or IPO in the name of 'State Bank of India' and payable at the centre where CPIO is located. Alternatively, applicant may deposit the prescribed fee in the 'P & T Charges Recovered Account' at any branch of the State Bank of India and will attach counterfoil thereof in original with the application / request while forwarding it to the CPIO / CAPIO. A voucher has been specially designed by the Bank for depositing the RTI fee / additional fee.

Prescribed fee and additional cost of information:
Application Fee
Application fees ......................... Rs. 10/-
Additional fee - as cost of information

a.

Rupees two for each page (in A-4 or A-3 size paper) created or copied.

b.

Actual charge or cost price of a copy in large size paper

c.

Actual cost or price for samples or models

d.

Information provided in diskette or floppy rupees fifty per diskette or floppy

e.

Information provided in printed form at the price fixed for such publication or rupees two per page of photocopy for extracts from the publication.

What information can be sought

A citizen has a right to seek such information from a public authority which is held by the public authority or which is held under its control. This right includes inspection of work, documents and records; taking notes, extracts or certified copies of documents or records; and taking certified samples of material held by the public authority or held under the control of the public authority. It is important to note that only such information can be supplied under the Act which already exists and is held by the public authority or held under the control of the public authority. The Central Public Information Officer is not supposed to create information; or to interpret information; or to solve the problems raised by the applicants; or to furnish replies to hypothetical questions.

A citizen has a right to obtain information from a public authority in the form of diskettes, floppies, tapes, video cassettes or in any other electronic mode or through print-outs provided such information is already stored in a computer or in any other device from which the information may be e-mailed or transferred to diskettes etc.

The information to the applicant should ordinarily be provided in the form in which it is sought. However, if the supply of information sought in a particular form would disproportionately divert the resources of the public authority or may cause harm to the safety or preservation of the records, supply of information in that form may be denied.

In some cases, the applicants expect the Central Public Information Officer to give information in some particular proforma devised by them on the plea that they have a right to get information in the form in which it is sought. It need be noted that the provision in the Act simply means that if the information is sought in the form of photocopy, it shall be provided in the form of photocopy, or if it is sought in the form of a floppy, it shall be provided in that form subject to the conditions given in the Act. It does not mean that the CPIO shall re-shape the information. This is substantiated by the definition of the term 'right to information' as given in the Act, according to which, it includes right to obtaining information in the form of diskettes, floppies, tapes, video cassettes or in any other electronic mode or through print-outs provided such information is already stored in a computer or in any other device. Everywhere in the Act, the word 'form' has been used to represent this meaning.

A citizen has a right to get 'material' from a public authority which is held by or under the control of that public authority. The Act, however, does not require the Public Information Officer to deduce some conclusion from the 'material' and supply the 'conclusion' so deduced to the applicant. It means that the Public Information Officer is required to supply the 'material' in the form as held by the public authority, but not to do research on behalf of the citizen to deduce anything from the material and then supply it to him.

Information which is exempt from Disclosure

The Act provides under Sections 8 and 9, certain categories of information that are exempt from disclosure to the citizens. The following categories of information are exempt from disclosure under Section 8(1)

a.

information, disclosure of which would prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security, strategic, scientific or economic interests of the State, relation with foreign State or lead to incitement of an offence.

b.

information which has been expressly forbidden to be published by any court of law or tribunal or the disclosure of which may constitute contempt of court;

c.

information, the disclosure of which would cause a breach of privilege of Parliament or the State Legislature;

d.

information including commercial confidence, trade secrets or intellectual property, the disclosure of which would harm the competitive position of a third party, unless the competent authority is satisfied that larger public interest warrants the disclosure of such information;

e.

information available to a person in his fiduciary relationship, unless the competent authority is satisfied that the larger public interest warrants the disclosure of such information;

f.

information received in confidence from foreign Government;

g.

information, the disclosure of which would endanger the life or physical safety of any person or identify the source of information or assistance given in confidence for law enforcement or security purposes;

h.

information which would impede the process of investigation or apprehension or prosecution of offenders;

i.

cabinet papers including records of deliberations of the Council of Ministers, Secretaries and other officers;

j.

information which relates to personal information the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual;

Time Norms for disposal of Requests and Appeals Requests:
S.No Situation Time limit for disposing off applications

1.

Supply of information in normal course

30 days

2.

Supply of information if it concerns the life or liberty of a person

48 hours

3.

Supply of information if the application is received through CAPIO

05 days shall be added to the time period indicated at Sr. NO.1 and 2.

4.

Supply of information if application / request is received after transfer from another public authority:

(a) In normal course

(a) Within 30 days of the receipt of the application by the concerned public Authority.

(b) In case the information concerns the life or liberty of a person.

(b) Within 48 hours of receipt of the application by the concerned public authority

5.

Supply of information if it relates to third party and the third party has treated it as confidential.

Should be provided after following the procedure given in Section 11 of the RTI Act.

6.

Supply of information where the applicant is asked to pay additional fee.

The period intervening between informing the applicant about additional fee and the payment of fee by the applicant shall be excluded for calculating the period of reply.

If a public authority fails to comply with the specified time limit, the information to the concerned applicant would have to be provided free of charge.

Appeals :
  • The appeal should be disposed off within 30 days of receipt of the appeal.

  • In exceptional cases, the Appellate Authority may take 45 days for its disposal for which reasons are recorded.

Suo Motu Disclosures in Pursuance of Section 4 of the Right to Information Act, 2005
Suo Motu Disclosures in Pursuance of Section 4(1) (b) Under the Right to Information Act, 2005
S. No. Section Item Hyperlink to Screen
(a) (b) (c) (e)
1. ORGANISATION AND FUNCTION
1.1 Sec. 4(1)(b)(i) Particulars of organisation, functions and duties  
(i)   Name and address of the Organisation (Click Here)
(ii)   Head of the organization (Click Here)
(iii)   Vision, Mission and Key objectives (Click Here)
(iv)   Function and duties (Click Here)
(v)   Organization Chart (Click Here)
(vi)   (a) Any other details-the genesis, inception etc. (Click Here)
(vii)   (b) Committees/ Commissions constituted from time to time (Click Here)
1.2 Sec. 4(1)(b)(ii) Power and duties of its officers and employees  
(i)   Powers and duties of officers (administrative, financial and judicial) (Click Here)
(ii)   Power and duties of other employees (Click Here)
(iii)   Rules/ orders under which powers and duty are derived and exercised. (Click Here)
1.3 Sec. 4(1)(b)(iii) Procedure followed in decision making process  
(i)   Process of decision making Identify key decision-making points (Click Here)
(ii)   Final decision-making authority (Click Here)
(iii)   Related provisions, acts, rules etc. (Click Here)
(iv)   a. Time limit for taking a decision, if any (Click Here)
    b. Time limit for taking a decision, if any-Credit Decision (Click Here)
(v)   Channel of supervision and accountability (Click Here)
1.4 Sec. 4(1)(b)(iv) Norms for discharge of functions  
(i)   Nature of functions/ services offered (Click Here)
(ii)   Norms/ standards for functions/ service delivery (Click Here)
(iii)   Process by which these services can be accessed (Click Here)
(iv)   Time-limit for achieving the targets (Click Here)
(v)   Process of redress of grievances (Click Here)
1.5 Sec. 4(1)(b)(v) Rules, regulations, instructions manual and records for discharging functions  
(i)   Title and nature of the record/ manual /instruction. (Click Here)
(ii)   List of Rules, regulations, instructions manuals and records. (Click Here)
(iii)   Acts/ Rules manuals etc. (Click Here)
1.6 Sec. 4(1)(b)(vi) Categories of documents held by the authority under its control  
(i)   Categories of documents (Click Here)
(ii)   Custodian of documents/categories (Click Here)
1.7 Sec. 4(1)(b)(viii) Boards, Councils, Committees and other Bodies constituted as part of the Public Authority  
(i)   a. Name of Boards, Council, Committee etc. (Click Here)
    b. Council, Committee etc. (Click Here)
(ii)   Composition (Click Here)
(iii)   Dates from which constituted (Click Here)
(iv)   Powers and functions (Click Here)
(v)   Whether their meetings are open to the public? (Click Here)
(vi)   Whether the minutes of the meetings are open to the public? (Click Here)
(vii)   Place where the minutes if open to the public are available? Not applicable
1.8 Sec. 4(1)(b)(ix) Directory of officers and employees  
(i)   Name and designation (Click Here)
(ii)   Telephone, fax and email ID (Click Here)
1.9 Sec. 4(1)(b)(x) Monthly Remuneration received by officers & employees including system of compensation  
(i)   List of employees with Gross monthly remuneration (Click Here)
1.10 Sec. 4(1)(b)(xvi) Name, designation and other particulars of public information officers  
(i)   Name and designation of the public information officer (PIO), Assistant Public Information (s) & Appellate Authority (Click Here)
(ii)   Address, telephone numbers and email ID of each designated official. (Click Here)
1.11 Sec. 26 Programmes to advance understanding of RTI  
(i)   Educational programmes (Click Here)
(ii)   Efforts to encourage public authority to participate in these programmes (Click Here)
(iii)   Training of CPIO/APIO- Year: 2017-18: No. of persons trained: 812 Year: 2018-19: No. of persons trained: 1002  
(vi)   Update & publish guidelines on RTI by the Public Authorities concerned (Click Here)
2.BUDGET AND PROGRAMME
S. No. Item Section Hyperlink to Screen
(a) (b) (c) (d)
2.1 Sec. 4(1)(b)(xi) Budget allocated to each agency including all plans, proposed expenditure and reports on disbursements made etc. (Click Here)
(i)   Total Budget for the public authority Not applicable
(ii)   Budget for each agency and plan & programmes Not applicable
(iii)   Proposed expenditures Not applicable
(iv)   Revised budget for each agency, if any Not applicable
(v)   Report on disbursements made and place where the related reports are available Not applicable
2.2 Sec. 4(1)(b)(xvii) Foreign and domestic tours  
(i)   Budget–Not Applicable Not applicable
(ii)   Foreign and domestic Tours by ministries and officials of the rank of Joint Secretary to the Government and above, as well as the heads of the Department.
a) Places visited
b) The period of visit
c) The number of members in the official delegation
d) Expenditure on the visit
Not applicable
(iii)   Information related to procurements
a) Notice/tender enquires, and corrigenda if any thereon,
b) Details of the bids awarded comprising the names of the suppliers of goods/ services being procured,
(Click Here)
(iv)   Information related to procurements
c) The works contracts concluded – in any such combination of the above-and
d) The rate /rates and the total amount at which such procurement or works contract is to be executed.
(Click Here)
2.3 Sec. 4(1)(b)(xii) Manner of execution of subsidy programme  
(i)   Name of the programme of activity- (Click Here)
(ii)   Objective of the programme Not applicable
(iii)   Procedure to avail benefits Not applicable
(iv)   Duration of the programme/ scheme Not applicable
(v)   Physical and financial targets of the programme Not applicable
(vi)   Nature/ scale of subsidy /amount allotted Not applicable
(vii)   Eligibility criteria for grant of subsidy Not applicable
(viii)   Details of beneficiaries of subsidy programme (number, profile etc.) Not applicable
2.4 Sec. 4(1)(b)(xvii) Discretionary and non-discretionary grants  
(i)   Discretionary and non-discretionary grants/ allocations to State Govt./ NGOs/other institutions. (Click Here)
(ii)   Annual accounts of all legal entities who are provided grants by public authorities Not applicable
2.5 Sec. 4(1)(b)(xiii) Particulars of recipients of concessions, permits of authorizations granted by the public authority  
(i)   Concessions, permits or authorizations granted by public authority. (Click Here)
(ii)   For each concessions, permit or authorization granted
a) Eligibility criteria
b) Procedure for getting the concession/ grant and/ or permits of authorizations
c) Name and address of the recipients given concessions/ permits or authorizations
d) Date of award of concessions /permits of authorizations
Not applicable
2.6 Sec. 4(1)(b)(xvii) CAG & PAC paras  
(i)   CAG and PAC paras and the action taken reports (ATRs) after these have been laid on the table of both houses of the parliament. Not applicable
S. No. Item Section Hyperlink to Screen
(a) (b) (c) (d)
3. Publicity and Public interface
3.1 Sec. 4(1)(b)(xvii) Particulars for any arrangement for consultation with or representation by the members of the public in relation to the formulation of policy or implementation there of  
(i)   Arrangement for consultations with or representation by the members of the public Relevant Acts, Rules, Forms and other documents which are normally accessed by citizens (Click Here)
(ii)   Arrangements for consultation with or representation by
a) Members of the public in policy formulation/ policy implementation
b) Day & time allotted for visitors
c) Contact details of Information & Facilitation Counter (IFC) to provide publications frequently sought by RTI applicants
(Click Here)
(iii)   Public- private partnerships (PPP)  
    (i) Details of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), if any Not applicable
    (ii) Detailed project reports (DPRs) Not applicable
    (iii) Concession agreements Not applicable
    (iv) Operation and maintenance manuals Not applicable
    (v) Other documents generated as part of the implementation of the PPP Not applicable
    (vi) Information relating to fees, tolls, or the other kinds of revenues that may be collected under authorization from the government Not applicable
    (vii) Information relating to outputs and outcomes Not applicable
    (viii) The process of the selection of the private sector party (concessionaire etc.) Not applicable
    (ix) All payment made under the PPP project Not applicable
3.2 Sec. 4(1)I Are the details of policies / decisions, which affect public, informed to them?  
(i)   Publish all relevant facts while formulating important policies or announcing decisions which affect public. (Click Here)
(ii)   Outline the Public consultation process. (Click Here)
(iii)   Outline the arrangement for consultation before formulation of policy. (Click Here)
3.3 Sec. 4(3) Dissemination of information widely and in such form and manner which is easily accessible to the public  
i   Use of the most effective means of communication Internet (website)- https://www.sbi.co.in & https://bank.sbi  
3.4 Sec. 4(1)(b) Form of accessibility of information manual/ handbook  
    Information manual / handbook available in
(i) Electronic format
(Click Here)
    (ii) Printed format (Click Here)
3.5 Sec. 4(1)(b) Whether information manual/ handbook available free of cost or not  
(i)   List of materials available
(i) Free of cost.
(Click Here)
    (ii) At a reasonable cost of the medium. (Click Here)
S. No. Item Section Hyperlink to Screen
(a) (b) (c) (d)
4. E. Governance
4.1 Sec. 4(1)(b)(xvii) Language in which Information Manual / Handbook Available  
(i)   English Not applicable
(ii)   Vernacular/ Local Language Not applicable
4.2 Sec. 4(1)(b)(xvii) Last date of Annual updation Not applicable
    Vernacular/ Local Language Vernacular/ Local Language
4.3 Sec. 4(1)(b)(xiv) Information available in electronic form  
(i)   Details of information available in electronic form (Click Here)
(ii)   Name/ title of the document/record/ other information (Click Here)
(iii)   Location where available (Click Here)
4.4 Sec. 4(1)(b)(xv) Particulars of facilities available to citizen for obtaining information  
(i)   Name & location of the facility (Click Here)
(ii)   Working hours of the facility (Click Here)
(iii)   Contact person & contact details (Phone, fax email) (Click Here)
4.5 Sec.4(i) (b)(xvii) Such other information as may be prescribed under section  
(i)   Grievance redressal mechanism (Click Here)
(ii)   List of completed schemes/ projects/ Programmes (Click Here)
(iii)   List of schemes/ projects/ programme underway (Click Here)
(iv)   Details of all contracts entered into including name of the contractor, amount of contract and period of completion of contract (Click Here)
(v)   Annual Report (Click Here)
(vi)   Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) (Click Here)
(vii)   Any other information such as
a) Citizen’s Charter
(Click Here)
    b) Result Framework Document (RFD) . Not applicable
    c) Six monthly reports on the Performance against the benchmarks set in the Citizen’s Charter Not applicable
4.6 Sec. 4(1)(b)(xvii) Receipt & Disposal of RTI applications & appeals  
(i)   Details of applications received and disposed. Year: 2016-17:
Applications Received: 26645 Application Disposed: 26842 (including balance as on 01.04.2016). Year: 2017-18:
Applications Received: 34860 Application Disposed: 32503 Year: 2018-19:
Applications Received: 33442 Application Disposed: 34978 (including balance as on 01.04.2018).
 
(ii)   Details of appeals received, and orders issued. Year: 2016-17:
Appeals Received: 4002 Appeals Disposed: 3991 Year: 2017-18:
Appeals Received: 6362 Appeals Disposed: 5672 Year: 2018-19
Appeals Received: 5800 Appeals Disposed: 6205 (including balance as on 01.04.2018).
 
S. No. Item Section Hyperlink to Screen
(a) (b) (c) (d)
5. Information as may be prescribed
5.1 Sec. 4(1)(b)(xvii) Such other information as may be prescribed  
(i)   Name & details of
(a) Current CPIOs & FAAs
(b) Earlier CPIO & FAAs from 1.1.2015
(Click Here)
(ii)   Details of third-party audit of voluntary disclosure
(a) Dates of audit carried out: November 2018
(b) Report of the audit carried out: Available at CIC website: https://cic.gov.in Path: Resources ?Transparency Audit of Disclosures u/s 4 of the Right to Information Act by the Public Authorities.
 
(iii)   (a) Appointment of Nodal Officers-
Shri Vinod Kumar Gupta, Assistant General Manager, State Bank of India, RTI Department, 9th Floor, State Bank Bhavan, Madam Cama Road, Nariman Point, Mumbai-400021 Tel: 022-22742925, Email: dgmrti.cc@sbi.co.in
 
(iv)   (b) Appointment of Transparency Officer-
Shri K S S T Venkateswara Rao Deputy General Manager, State Bank of India, RTI Department, 9th Floor, State Bank Bhavan, Madam Cama Road, Nariman Point, Mumbai-400021 Tel: 022-22740950 Email: dgmrti.cc@sbi.co.in
 
S. No. Item Section Hyperlink to Screen
(a) (b) (c) (d)
6. Information Disclosed on own Initiative
6.1 Sec. 4(1)(b)(xvii) Item / information disclosed so that public have minimum resort to use of RTI Act to obtain information-Bank has uploaded a host of information in Bank’s website with a view of to provide maximum information in Public Domain e.g. Corporate Governance, Investor relations, contact us, Customer care, contact center, careers, SBI Act 1955, Interest rates, code of ethics, Information relating to Personal Banking, Agricultural / Rural Banking, NRI Services, International Services, Corporate Banking, Government Agencies, SME Products etc. https://www.sbi.co.in & https://bank.sbi  
6.2 Sec. 4(1)(b)(xvii) Guidelines for Indian Government Websites (GIGW) is followed (released in February 2009 and included in the Central Secretariat Manual of Office Procedures (CSMOP) by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievance and Pensions, Govt. Of India  
(i)   Whether STQC certification obtained and its validity. Not applicable
(ii)   Does the website show the certificate on the Website? . Not applicable
(iii)   Suo Motu Disclosure-Third Party Audit Compliance- Acquisition on Premises on Lease / Rental Basis (Click Here)