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RTI ACT

The Right to Information Act 2005 replaces Freedom of Information Act. It has come into effect from 21st June 2005. It is applicable to all the Public Sector Banks constituted by the Banking Companies (Acquisition & Transfer of Undertakings) Act, 1970. The banks are required to publish the following information.
1- The particulars of its organization, functions and duties
2- The powers and duties of its officers and employees
3- The procedure followed in the decision making process, including channels of supervision and accountability, Under Section 4, every Public Authority shall maintain all its records duly catalogued and indexed in a manner and the form which facilitates the right to information under this Act and access to such records is facilitated.
4- Every Public Authority is required to designate as many officials as Central Public Information Officers in all Administrative Officers to provide information to persons requesting for the information under the Act.
5- Section 8(1) (d) provides for exemption from disclosure of information which would harm the competitive position of the third party. Clause (i) of Section 8(1) further exempts any information which relates to personal information, the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activityor interest or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual.
6- The following information may be provided :
a) A directory of Officers and employees may be published upto a specified level.
b) A statement of Boards, Councils, Committees and other bodies consisting of two or more persons constituted as its part or for the purpose of its advice.
c) The names, designations and other particulars of the public information officers.
d) Information relating to organization structure, Board of Directors, Management Committees and any other Committees that have been constituted may also be incorporated.
e) Particulars of Organisation, number of regional/zonal offices and branches.

Provision of information :

A person who desires to obtain any information under this Act shall make a request in writing or through electronic means alongwith such fees which will be prescribed by the respective Bank to Asst. Public Information Officer.

Disposal of request :
On receipt of a request for information, the Asst. Pubic Information Officer, as expeditiously as possible and in any case within 30 days of receipt of the request, in consultation with Chief/Public Information Officer shall either provide the information or reject the request for any other reasons specified in Section 8 & 9 of the Act.

If the information sought for concern the life of liberty of a person, the same shall be provided within forty-eight hours of the receipt of the request.

In case of rejection, the same shall be communicated to the person who has made the request alongwith the reason for such rejection, the particulars of the Appellate Authority and the period within which an Appeal against such rejection may be preferred.

Bank has nominated the Public Information Officers (PIOs) and Chief Public Information Officer (CPIO) under Section 5(1) of the RTI Act 2005. The CPIO shall also be appellate authority under the provisions of RTI Act. The name, address and telephone numbersof PIOs and CPIO are given in the following table.

Set up of Public Information Officers:

Designation
Name
Phone/
Mobile No.
Address
Central Public Information Officer
Sri K M Nanda
0674-2353003
General Manager, Odisha Gramya Bank, Head Office, Bhubaneswar
Appellate Authority
Sri Brundaban Nayak
0674-2353001
Chairman, Odisha Gramya Bank