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The Government of India has enacted "The Right to Information Act 2005" to set out the practical regime of Right to Information (RTI) for citizens to secure access to information under the control of public authorities to promote transparency and accountability in the working of any public authority.

What is right to information?

The RTI provides access to the information which is held by or under the control of any public authority and includes the right to inspect work, documents, 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 ask for information?

Any citizen can request for information by making an application in writing or through electronic means in English/Hindi /official language of the area in which the application is being made, together with the prescribed fees.

Who will provide information?

Every public authority shall designate a Central Assistant Public Information Officer (CAPIO) at various levels, who will receive the requests for information from the public. The Central Public Information Officers (CPIO) in all administrative units/office will arrange for providing necessary information to the public. The application/request for information must be disposed off either by providing the information or rejecting the request, within a period of 30 days.

EXEMPTION FROM DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION (SECTION 8(1) (J) OF RTI ACT,2005

This section states that "Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, there shall be no obligation to give any citizen" 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 unless the Central Public Information officer or State Public Information officer or the appellate authority, as the case may be, is satisfied that the larger public interest justifies the disclosure of such Information: Provided that the information which cannot be denied to the Parliament or a state Legislature shall not be denied to any person.

Hence UIDAI disclosure norms states:

As per section 8(I) (J) of RTI Act, 2005 and in view of the confidential nature of demographic and biometric data (personal data of resident) only the resident to whom the data relates can seek the information. No other applicant can seek this information. No other applicant will be provided with any personal information related to a third party or any other resident to protect privacy and maintain confidentiality of residents enrolled under Aadhaar programme. Applicant may also be required to provide additional validation of identity in certain cases.

Resident seeking details of their enrolments like processing stages, Aadhaar number or dispatch and delivery:

Resident can obtain status of Aadhaar generation/number from UIDAI Website (http://uidai.gov.in) by furnishing the EID number. The resident can also access the electronic version of the Aadhaar letter i.e. E-Aadhaar from the Resident portal (http:// uidai.gov.in) by furnishing the EID number along with demographic information. If all the information is matched with the information available in the UIDAI database, a one-time password (OTP) will be sent to the resident’s mobile number or e-mail address provided by the resident at the time of enrolment. In the case, the resident who has not provided mobile number and/or e-mail address at the time of enrolment or who has changed her/his mobile number, the resident will be required to furnish a mobile number alongwith name, EID and Pin Code to get the one-time password(OTP) after verification. The OTP is required to download E-Aadhaar. The resident can also get E-Aadhaar through UIDAI Regional offices and contact centres after due verification as per procedure by the concerned Regional Offices and contact Centres.

RTI application fees

'RTI application fees under the Act through Cash/Demand Draft/IPO payble to PAO, UIDAI'

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#Obligatory items Under Section 4(I)(b) of RTI ACT, 2005 to publish.Present Status of Information.
 
1 The particulars of its organization, functions and duties Detailed Information
2 The procedure followed in its decision making process, including channels of supervision and accountability. General norms/instructions applicable to Ministries/Departments in Government of India apply to the UIDAI also in its administrative functions.
3 The norms set by it for the discharge of its functions. General norms/instructions applicable to Ministries/ Departments in Government of India apply to the UIDAI also in its administrative functions.
4 The rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records used by its employees for discharging its functions. General rules/regulations etc applicable to Ministries/Departments in Government of India apply to UIDAI also.
5 A statement of the categories of the documents held by it or under its control. The UIDAI holds documents related to the UID project and are available on the website in the “UIDAI documents” section
6 The particulars of any arrangement that exist for consultation with, or representation by the members of the public, in relation to the formulation of policy or implementation thereof. The UIDAI consults various stakeholders on particular issues. Further, suggestions are taken by email from members of the public.
7 A statement of the boards, councils, committees and other bodies consisting of two or more persons constituted by it. Additionally, information as to whether the meeting of these are open to the public, or the minutes' of such meetings are accessible to the public. 3 Committees were formed by the UIDAI:
  1. Biometrics Standards Committee
  2. Demographic Data Standards Verification Procedure Committee
  3. Awareness and Communication Strategy Council
The reports of these Committees are on the website of the UIDAI. (Detailed Information)
Press Notes issued by the UIDAI are available on the website of the UIDAI. (Detailed Information)
8 A directory of its officers and employees See Contact Us (Detailed Information)
9 The monthly remuneration received by each of its officers and employees, including the system of compensation as provided in its regulations. (Detailed Information)
10 The budget allocated to each of its agency, indicating the particulars of all plans, proposed expenditures and reports on disbursements made. (Detailed Information)
11 The manner of execution of subsidy programmes, including the amount allocated and the details and beneficiaries of such programmes. Not applicable.
12 Particulars of recipients of concessions, permits or authorizations granted by it. Not applicable
13 Details of the information available to, or held by it, reduced in an electronic form. Information in electronic form are available on the website.
14 The particulars of facilities available to citizens for obtaining information, including the working hours of a library or reading room, if maintained for public use. There is no public library or reading room maintained by the UIDAI.
15 The names, designations and other particulars of the Central Public Information Officer. List of CPIOs & FAAs at UIDAI, HQ
List of CPIOs & FAAs at UIDAI ROs & Tech centre