Government officials cannot question the purpose for which any person seeks information under Right To Information Act or to reject stating that it was sought without basis, but are bound to give the information sought, District Collector Shashi Bhushan Kumar said on Wednesday.

Officials should not think that the Act was against them, but must realise that it was aimed at ensuring proper maintenance of records and giving information to citizens who asked for it, he told officials in a preparatory meeting with officials in the Collectorate in the wake of a review meeting on implementation of RTI Act in Kadapa district to be addressed by the Chief Information Commissioner at Ranga Reddy District Collectorate on November 10. Right To Information Act is aimed at ensuring transparency in administration, he said.

Data pertaining to national security cannot be given to anyone, Mr. Shashi Bhushan Kumar said. There was no need to furnish data placed on any website which was open to all, but that information should be informed that the data sought was available on a particular website, he said. The names and phone numbers of the Principal Information Officer, APIO and Appellate Authority of the department concerned must be displayed on a notice board , he added. The PIOs should maintain appellate registers without fail and update them regularly. He told all officers to give data about their department to District Revenue Officer V.M. Hemasagar.

Mr. Hemasagar directed officials to computerise all the data pertaining to RTI Act and place it on the website. GNSS Special Collector Ramachandra Reddy, RDOs district officials, PIOs and APIOs participated.