Right to Information Act 2009 has been effected in Bangladesh on April, 2009.

Right to Information Act 2009 has been effected in Bangladesh on April, 2009.
According to the act, the government and other institutions using public funds will
have to provide people with necessary information within 20 days of applying for
it. If any official refuses to provide information, anybody can file appeals with the
National Information Commission. The official concerned, if found guilty, may be
penalized from 50 Taka for every day of delay, but the total sum shall not exceed
5,000 Taka.

Enactment of the Right to Information Act (RTI Act) is a landmark move
towards ensuring people’s access to information and it can also be utilized as a tool
of reducing poverty. Utilization of RTI law as a development tool can make sure
that people know all information about the development projects. They should
know about the funds and how the money is being spent during project
implementation.
The government is committed to implementing the Right to Information (RTI)
law, however challenging the task may be. A National Information Commission
with three commissioners has been formed to implement the act.
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