Chapter One: The Importance of Right to Information
- What is information and why it is important?
Information means the formation, structure, and any of the official commemorative activities, books, design, maps, contracts, data, log book, order, notice, documents, samples, letters, reports, accounts, project proposal, photographic, audio, video, drawing, painting, film, electronic process that produced an instrument (e.g., software, cartoon, mechanically readable records (Microfilm) and any other documentary material regardless of its physical form or characteristics and any copy thereof in relation to the constitution, structure and official activities of any authority. Provided that it shall not include note-sheets or copies of note-sheets. The information which is helpful for people to achieve political, economic and social rights along with the general rights of access to information is the right to information. The People have the right to know information such as to use for right perspective, good governance perspective, accountability, the rule of law, different development issues, political stability and tolerance.
- Related parties of Right to Information.
1st party: The citizen who requests for information. Every citizen has a right to know information from the Authority.
2nd party: Designated Officer of the Information providing unit, Appellate authority, Information Commission.
3rd party: Third Party is any other party associated with the information sought, other than requester applying for information or the authority providing the information.
- The information providing units include:
- The Head Office, Divisional Office, Regional Office, District Office or Sub-district (upazila) office of any department, directorate or office attached to or under any ministry, division or office of the government;
- The Head Office, Divisional Office, Regional Office, District Office or sub-district (upazila) office of an authority.