Is RTI applicable to Co-Operative Societies
The central government legislated a law with the name “The right to information Act, 2005” applicable to all government departments and government and semi government organizations. the co-operative societies are not government or semi-government organizations and hence the central act is not applicable to them. However the co-operatives do have their own RTI under section 139 of the DCS Act, 2003 and Rule 165 of the DCS Rules, 2007 as follows:-
Section 139 of the DCS Act, 2003 says that:—
(1) Any member of creditor having interest in the affairs of the co-operative society may seek information relating to any transaction of the co-operative society and for that purpose may be provided a certified copy of any document within 30 days from the date of receipt of application relating to such transaction on payment of such fee as may be prescribed.
Note: If the applicant under the RTI Act do not get any information from the society, he/she can file Appeal to the Registrar of Co-operative Societies Under Section 139(2) of the DCS Act, 2003. The Registrar has the power to impose penalty up to Rs.10,000/- on the delinquent Society or Officer of the Society for not replying or refusing to reply any question asked in the application.
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