The Right to Information in local governments in Kerala state was in force in local governments in Kerala since 1962. It was as per the Kerala Panchayats (Custody of records and Grant of Copies of Proceedings or Records) Rules 1962 formulated as per the Kerala Panchayat Act 1960. The provisions of the statute, were further refined as part of the amendment of the Kerala Panchayat Raj Act in 1999, as per the recommendations of the S B Sen Committee, with refined provisions. Later, in 2005, the RTI act of Government of India superseded the provisions and the Right to Information Act 2005 is in force in local governments in Kerala now.
The Right to Information, in the context of local governance in Kerala, means the right of the citizens to get information in the possession of local governments such as Panchayaths/Municipalities/Corporations under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2005. In every local government, a Public Information Officer (PIO) as well as an Appellate Authority is designated to provide information to the citizens.
State Information Officers and Appellate Authority
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Local Self Govt Department - State Information Officers and Appellate Authority of Local Self Govt Department
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