The Right to Information Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in December 2004. It was passed by both the houses of Parliament in May 2005. The assent of the President was received on 15th June and the Act was notified in ‘The Gazette of India ‘on 21st June, 2005. The Right to Information Act became operational by the 12th October 2005 after the completion of 120 days from the date of Presidential assent. The Freedom of Information Act passed by the Parliament in 2002 has been repealed. The Right to Information Act (RTI Act) will cover all levels of government Centre, State, district and local self governing bodies like Panchayats and Municipal bodies. It will also cover non-governmental organizations- i.e. NGOs, VOs and other private bodies- that are financed substantially with public funds provided by the Government. This means every citizen has the right to put in an application requesting information or copies of records held by these bodies and such information should be given by the concerned body. The citizens’ right to information is not explicitly mentioned in the fundamental rights chapter of the Constitution. But in more than 10 cases the Supreme Court of India has declared that the fundamental right to life and liberty [Art.21] and the fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression [Art.19 (1)] include every citizen’s fundamental right to access information. Parliament passed the RTI Act 2005, to enable all citizens to use their fundamental right to access information from public bodies.
1.2Objective /Purpose of this hand-book
a.To promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority and
b.To set up a practical regime for giving citizens access to information that is under the control of public authorities.
As a step to proactively disclose required information regarding the duties and day-to-day functioning of Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, TNEB Information Manual has been prepared in line with the provision of Sec. 4 in the RTI Act, 2005.
The main objective of the manual is to proactively publish, to the maximum extent of information that will be of interest to the common people so that the need for requesting information becomes minimal. This is in accordance to Sec.4 of RTI Act, 2005.
This proactive disclosure of information is aimed at providing to the common people the kinds of information that common people ordinarily seek while approaching the different offices of the Board. With a view to providing adequate information to the common people easily, categories of information as listed in the contents page are disclosed in this manual so as to bring down to a minimum their need for seeking information through applications.
1.3 Intended users of this hand-book
The information contained in these manuals is intended for the convenience of the common people who desire for information relating to the Board’s functioning, duties and performance. Important information is made accessible for the public though this manual. The Public Information Officers, Assistant Public Information Officers of TNEB will keep a copy of the manual at their office for use by the public as and when they desire.
1.4 Contact Person
TamilNadu Electricity Board vide B.P (CH) No. 227 (S.B), dt 24th October 2005, and subsequently amended in (per) B.P (F.B) No 56 (S B) dt11/11/2005 & (Per) B.P(Ch) No.No.47 dt 24/02/2007. in accordance with the instruction issued by the Government of Tamil Nadu has designated the Appellate Authority, Public Information Officer/ Assistant Public Information officer. In the Head Quarters office , Distribution Regions , Thermal Stations and Project Circles as available in chapter 8.
1.5 Procedure and Fee Structure for getting information not available in the manual
Every application for obtaining information under sub-section (1) of section 6 of the Act shall be accompanied by an application fee of rupees Ten by cash or by demand draft or bankers cheque,IPO,MO payable in the head of account, as may be specified by the Public Authority or by affixing a court fee stamp of Rs.10/-.
For providing the information under sub-section (1) of section 7 of the Act, a fee shall be charged by way of cash against proper receipt or by demand draft or banker's cheque payable in the head of account, as specified by Public Authority at the following rates:-
(i)Rupees two for each page (in A-4 or A-3 size paper) created or copied
(ii)actual charge or cost price of & copy in larger size paper.
(iii)actual cost or price for samples or models, and
(iv)For inspection of records, no fee for the first hour, and a fee of rupees five for each fifteen minutes (or fraction thereof) thereafter
For providing the information under sub-section (5) of section 7, the fee shall be charged by way of cash against proper receipt or by demand draft or banker's cheque payable in the head of account, as specified by the Public Authority at the following rates:-
(i)for information provided in diskette or floppy rupees fifty per diskette or floppy; and
(ii)for information provided in printed form at the price fixed for publication.