Sunday, 13 May 2012

Friday, 4 May 2012

RTI quiz contest


MODULE - 1, CHAPTER - 1
Quiz Question  #1:Which of the following statements is factually correct? i) All countries having FoI / RTI have an explicit mention about FoI / RTI in their Constitutions. ii) There are some countries where there is FoI / RTI Law, but no explicit mention of FoI / RTI in the Constitution. iii) There are countries having FoI / RTI at the state / provincial / regional level in addition to the national level. iv) The national FoI / RTI laws of all countries have been enacted because the United Nations General Assembly has mandated them to do so.
Your Answer:C.  ii) & iii)
Correct Answer:C.  ii) & iii)
Reason:Correct.
Quiz Question  #2:Which of the following links FoI / RTI to Democracy and Right to Development?
Your Answer:A.  World Conference on Human Rights (Vienna, 1993.)
Correct Answer:A.  World Conference on Human Rights (Vienna, 1993.)
Reason:Correct
Quiz Question  #3:FoI / RTI laws are also referred to as:
Your Answer:B.  "open-government laws" and "sunshine laws"
Correct Answer:B.  "open-government laws" and "sunshine laws"
Reason:Correct.
MODULE - 1, CHAPTER - 2
Quiz Question  #1:The objective(s) of the `RTI Act, 2005` is / are
Your Answer:D.  Both a and b
Correct Answer:D.  Both a and b
Reason:Correct.
Quiz Question  #2:Which was the State in which local authorities started providing people access to certain information related to the `Public Distribution System` (PDS) even before the State Assembly introduced / passed an RTI Act?
Your Answer:A.  Maharashtra
Correct Answer:B.  Madhya Pradesh
Reason:Incorrect. The correct answer is b. - Madhya Pradesh. It happened in certain places like Bilaspur and Korba. This was before the State of Chhattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh in November 2000. The Madhya Pradesh Assembly passed the RTI Act in 2002.
Quiz Question  #3:If there were to be any conflict between the provision of any of the State-specific RTI legislations and the `RTI Act, 2005`, the former would prevail
Your Answer:B.  Wrong
Correct Answer:B.  Wrong
Reason:Correct. The provisions of the `RTI Act, 2005` would prevail over any existing or future State or national legislations to the extent of repugnancy of the provisions concerned.
MODULE - 1, CHAPTER - 3
Quiz Question  #1:How many chapters does the `RTI Act, 2005` have?
Your Answer:A.  6
Correct Answer:A.  6
Reason:Correct.
Quiz Question  #2:Is the `RTI Act, 2005` applicable to the Union Territories?
Your Answer:D.  Yes, without any exceptions or caveats.
Correct Answer:D.  Yes, without any exceptions or caveats.
Reason:Correct.
Quiz Question  #3:Definition of "Information" under the `RTI Act` includes:
Your Answer:D.  a & b and other material as well.
Correct Answer:D.  a & b and other material as well.
Reason:Correct.
MODULE - 2, CHAPTER - 1
Quiz Question  #1:The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Government of India (GoI) is: i) A Competent Authority under `RTI Act, 2005`. ii) The Nodal Department for the inplementation of `RTI Act, 2005` in the country. iii) A Public Authority.
Your Answer:B.  ii) & iii)
Correct Answer:B.  ii) & iii)
Reason:Correct.
Quiz Question  #2:Appropriate Government under the `RTI Act, 2005` could be: i) State Government. ii) Central Government. iii) Local Government. iv) Government of a country / countries with whom India has bilateral / multilateral pacts.
Your Answer:C.  Either i) or ii).
Correct Answer:C.  Either i) or ii).
Reason:Correct.
Quiz Question  #3:i) Provisions providing for voluntary disclosure of categories of records…ii) notices regarding fees to be paid… iii) additional regulations / circulars… for obtaining access to information… which of the aforesaid should be included in the guidelines to be published and updated by an Appropriate Government?
Your Answer:D.  All i), ii) & iii)
Correct Answer:D.  All i), ii) & iii)
Reason:Correct.
MODULE - 2, CHAPTER - 2
Quiz Question  #1:Applications for information - under the `RTI Act, 2005` - can also be submitted to completely privately owned organisations.
Your Answer:C.  Only if the information does not pertain to their accounts and finances.
Correct Answer:A.  False.
Reason:Incorrect. The answer is a. - False.
Quiz Question  #2:What is the requirement under `RTI Act, 2005` regarding updating the publications under S. 4(1)(b)?
Your Answer:D.  Updation of the information so published has to be done every year.
Correct Answer:D.  Updation of the information so published has to be done every year.
Reason:Correct.
Quiz Question  #3:There is an upper limit for the number of PIOs and APIOs to be appointed by a Public Authority (PA) as per the `RTI Act, 2005`.
Your Answer:B.  No. There is no such limit, whatsoever, as per the `RTI Act, 2005`
Correct Answer:B.  No. There is no such limit, whatsoever, as per the `RTI Act, 2005`
Reason:Correct.
MODULE - 2, CHAPTER - 3
Quiz Question  #1:(Second) Appeals on information pertaining to a person`s life and liberty should be decided by Information Commissions within
Your Answer:D.  No such time limit has been specified.
Correct Answer:D.  No such time limit has been specified.
Reason:Correct.
Quiz Question  #2:There could be a time limit for deciding appeals of a `Third Party` by an Information Commission
Your Answer:D.  There is no such provision for time limit for hearing third party`s appeals at all in the `RTI Act, 2005`.
Correct Answer:D.  There is no such provision for time limit for hearing third party`s appeals at all in the `RTI Act, 2005`.
Reason:Correct.
Quiz Question  #3:Which of the following statements about the "Annual Reports" of Information Commissions are true? i) They should state the number of requests made to each Public Authority. ii) The number of decisions where applicants were not allowed access to documents. iii) the provisions invoked and the number of times they were invoked. iv) the amount of charges collected by each Public Authority under this Act.
Your Answer:C.  All i), ii), iii) & iv).
Correct Answer:C.  All i), ii), iii) & iv).
Reason:Correct.
MODULE - 3, CHAPTER - 1
Quiz Question  #1:Who receives applications under the `RTI Act, 2005`?
Your Answer:D.  Only a. and b.
Correct Answer:D.  Only a. and b.
Reason:Correct.
Quiz Question  #2:Which of the following are applicable to requests for information under the `RTI Act, 2005`? i) The request should specify the particulars of the information sought. ii) The request should be accompanied with an application fee as prescribed by the `Appropriate Government` - for non-BPL persons. iii) The request should clearly state the reasons for asking for the information. iv) the request should explain the purpose for which the information is going to be put. v) The request should contain the applicant`s contact information.
Your Answer:B.  Only i), ii) & v).
Correct Answer:B.  Only i), ii) & v).
Reason:Correct.
Quiz Question  #3:How much time does an APIO, at the most, have to transfer an RTI application / appeal to the Public Information Officer / First Appellate Authority?
Your Answer:B.  5 days
Correct Answer:B.  5 days
Reason:Correct.
MODULE - 3, CHAPTER - 2
Quiz Question  #1:A first appeal against the decision of a PIO can be preferred by i) An Applicant. ii) A person from within the Public Authority. iii) A person outside the Public Authority to whom the information pertains.
Your Answer:D.  All i), ii) & iii) above.
Correct Answer:D.  All i), ii) & iii) above.
Reason:Correct.
Quiz Question  #2:The First Appellate Authority has the discretion to admit appeals preferred by a third party after 30 days
Your Answer:B.  There is no such discretion available to the First Appellate Authority.
Correct Answer:B.  There is no such discretion available to the First Appellate Authority.
Reason:Correct.
Quiz Question  #3:The First Appellate Authority should decide on first appeals i) within 30 days from the receipt of the first appeals. ii) in less number of days that the PIO concerned took to take a decision on the application. iii) within 45 days from the date of receipt of the appeal, if the reasons are recorded.
Your Answer:C.  Only i) & iii).
Correct Answer:C.  Only i) & iii).
Reason:Correct.
MODULE - 3, CHAPTER - 3
Quiz Question  #1:The grounds for a complaint could be i) inability to submit a request to the PIO. ii) refusal to access information under the RTI Act. iii) not getting a response to a request for information.
Your Answer:D.  All i), ii) & iii).
Correct Answer:D.  All i), ii) & iii).
Reason:Correct.
Quiz Question  #2:The grounds for a complaint could be i) being asked to pay an unreasonablevamount of fee. ii) being given incomplete or false information. iii) any matter relating to requesting or obtaining access to records.
Your Answer:A.  All i), ii) & iii).
Correct Answer:A.  All i), ii) & iii).
Reason:Correct.
Quiz Question  #3:A Public Information Officer will be liable to be imposed a monetary penalty for i) refusal to receive an information application. ii) not providing information within specified time limits. iii) destroying information.
Your Answer:A.  All i), ii) & iii).
Correct Answer:A.  All i), ii) & iii).
Reason:Correct.
MODULE - 4, CHAPTER - 1
Quiz Question  #1:Public Interest test would apply to i) copyright subsisting in a person other than the State. ii) information received in confidence from foreign government. iii) trade or commercial secrets protected by law while disclosing third party information.
Your Answer:A.  All i), ii) & iii).
Correct Answer:B.  Only ii)
Reason:Incorrect. The answer is d. - Trade or commercial secrets protected by law while disclosing third party information.
Quiz Question  #2:PIO should disclose information exempted in S. 8(1) if public interest in disclosure outweighs the harm to the protected interests.
Your Answer:B.  Yes.
Correct Answer:B.  Yes.
Reason:Correct.
Quiz Question  #3:If a PIO reasonably severs non-exempted portions of a record from exempted portions, and partially provides information to an applicant, he / she has to i) give the name and designation of the person giving the decision. ii) reasons for the decision. iii) details of fees the applicant may have to pay. iv) applicants rights for a review of the decision.
Your Answer:B.  All i), ii), iii) & iv) are true.
Correct Answer:B.  All i), ii), iii) & iv) are true.
Reason:Correct.
MODULE - 4, CHAPTER - 2
Quiz Question  #1:The Second Schedule of the RTI Act, 2005 lists
Your Answer:A.  the intelligence and security organisations established by the Central Government that are exempted from the purview of the `RTI Act, 2005`.
Correct Answer:A.  the intelligence and security organisations established by the Central Government that are exempted from the purview of the `RTI Act, 2005`.
Reason:Correct.
Quiz Question  #2:The Second Schedule of the RTI Act, 2005 can be amended by
Your Answer:B.  the Central Government.
Correct Answer:B.  the Central Government.
Reason:Correct.
Quiz Question  #3:Intelligence and security organisations of the State Government woud be exempted from the Act if
Your Answer:C.  If the State Government specifies in the Official Gazette any such organisation(s).
Correct Answer:C.  If the State Government specifies in the Official Gazette any such organisation(s).
Reason:Correct.
MODULE - 4, CHAPTER - 3
Quiz Question  #1:The `RTI Act, 2005` will supersede
Your Answer:D.  All a, b & c.
Correct Answer:D.  All a, b & c.
Reason:Correct.
Quiz Question  #2:What is the time span mentioned in the `RTI Act, 2005` for making orders for removing difficulties in giving effect to the provisions of the `RTI Act, 2005`?
Your Answer:A.  2 years from the commencement of the Act.
Correct Answer:A.  2 years from the commencement of the Act.
Reason:Correct.
Quiz Question  #3:As per the `RTI Act, 2005`, the order containing provisions for removing difficulties in giving effect to the provisions of the Act
Your Answer:D.  All a,b & c.
Correct Answer:D.  All a,b & c.
Reason:Correct.