|Examine the following statements in relation to the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005.|
|1. The Right to Information (RTI) Act is applicable all over India.|
|2. Right to Information also includes right to inspect documents, records, take notes, take certified sample of materials.|
|3. Right to Information (RTI) Act is available only to citizens.|
|4. Chief Information Commissioner is appointed by the President.|
|5. Repeated failure to provide information can lead to dismissal of the concerned public servant.|
|Which of the statements given above are correct?|
A) 1, 2 and 4
B) 2 and 3
C) 2, 4 and 5
D) 4 and 5
Correct Answer: B
Solution :[b] RTI Act is not applicable in Jammu and Kashmir and so Statement 1 is not true. Statement 2 is true as the Right to Information includes the rights mentioned in this statement along with obtaining information in diskettes, printouts, tapes, video cassettes etc. Statement 3 is also true since Right to Information is available only to citizens. Statement 4 is incorrect and the appointment committee to appoint the Chief Information Commissioner actually includes the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha and another Cabinet Minister nominated by the Prime Minister. Statement 5 is incorrect as the only penalties provided in the Right to Information Act for failure to provide information are monetary fines, which can be taken from the salary, pension or other personal property of the public official. Thus, the right answer is [b].
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