Forces Command Exempted from Ambit of RTI (Download PDF)

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In 2005, the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) , which is part of the National Command Authority (NCA) , has been added to the Second Schedule of the Right to Information Act (RTI) . A government notification said the Strategy Forces Command was being brought under sub-section (2) of Section 24 of the RTI.

Image Shows the Right to Information Act (RTI)
  • The NCA՚s Executive Council, chaired by the National Security Adviser, gives inputs to the Political Council, which authorises a nuclear attack if need be.
  • This mechanism is meant to ensure that the nuclear weapons are under civilian control. A Command and Control (C2) mechanism prevents their accidental or unauthorised use.

RTI՚s Section 24 and Second Schedule

Section 24 of the RTI Act 2005:

  • In the Second Schedule, this law is not applicable to the intelligence and security organisations specified.
  • Theonly exception made for these organisations is the information pertaining to the allegationsof corruption and humanrights violations.

Second Schedule:

  • RTI provides 26 intelligence and security agencies under its ambit.
  • Some are as follow:
Intelligence and Security Agencies of RTI

Section 8 of the RTI:

  • RTI deals with exemption from disclosure of information under this rule.
  • It says that there shall be no obligation on Government include any citizen information, disclosure that will affect
  • It says that there shall be no obligation on Government include any citizen information, disclosure that will affect
    • India՚s sovereignty and integrity
    • Security
    • Strategic, scientific or economic interests of the state
    • Relations with foreign States or will lead to incitement of an offence.

About Strategic Forces Command (SFC)

  • The SFC is a tri-Service command; it is a part of India՚s Nuclear Command Authority (NCA) .
  • SFC was formed on January 4,2003 by an executive order of Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) supervised by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Role of SFC

  • It is used for the management and administration of the country՚s tactical and strategic nuclear weapons stockpile.
  • A Commander-in-Chief of the rank of Air Marshal heads it. The first commander-in-chief of SFC was Air Marshal Teja Mohan Asthana.

About Nuclear Command Authority (NCA)

  • NCA is one type of authority responsible for command of India, control and operational decisions regarding India՚s nuclear weapons programme.
  • The NCA՚s directions are executed by the Strategic Forces Command The Executive Council is managed by the National Security Adviser (NSA)
  • It gives inputs to the Political Council, which authorises a nuclear attack if need be. The Political Council is chaired by the Prime Minister and is advised by the Executive Council.
  • This separation of power mechanism is meant to ensure that the nuclear weapons are under civilian control (elected government) . It act as a Command and Control (C2) mechanism prevents their accidental or unauthorised use.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 2, 2016

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