How To File Right To Information (RTI)?

The Right To Information (RTI) Act  (2005) is  a  big  step  towards  making  the citizens informed about the activities of the Government. The  basic  object  of  the  Right  to  Information  Act  is  to  empower  the  citizens, promote  transparency  and  accountability  in  the  working  of  the  Government, contain corruption, and make our democracy work for the people in real sense.

Right to Information

Right To Information (RTI)

Public Information Officer

Public  authorities  have  designated  some  of  its  officers as Public Information Officer .They are responsible  to give information to  a person who seeks information under the RTI Act.

Process for Filing Right To Information Application and Fees for filing :

A person who desires to seek some information from a public authority is required to send, along with the application, a demand draft or a banker’s cheque or an Indian Postal Order of Rs. 10/- (Rupees ten), payable to the Accounts Officer of the  public  authority  as  fee  prescribed  for  seeking  information.  The  payment of  fee  can  also  be  made  by  way  of  cash  to  the  Accounts  Officer of the public authority or to the Assistant Public Information Officer against proper receipt.

The  applicant  may  also  be  required  to  pay  further  fee  towards  the  cost  of providing the information, details of which shall be intimated to the applicant by the PIO as prescribed by the Right to Information (Regulation of Fee and Cost) Rules, 2005. Rates of fee as prescribed in the Rules are given below: (a)   rupees  two  (Rs.  2/-)  for  each  page  (  in  A-4  or  A-3  size  paper)  created  or copied;(b)   actual charge or cost price of a copy in larger size paper; (c)   actual cost or price for samples or models; (d)   for  information  provided  in  diskette  or  floppy,  rupees  fifty (Rs . 50/- ) per diskette or floppy; and(e)   for  information  provided  in  printed  form,  at  the  price  fixed  for  such publication  or  rupees  two  per  page  of  photocopy  for  extracts  from  the publication.

If the applicant belongs to below poverty line (BPL) category, he is not required to  pay  any  fee.  However,  he  should  submit  a  proof  in  support  of  his  claim  to belong  to  the  below  poverty  line.

Format of RTI Application :

There  is  no  prescribed  format  of  application  for  seeking  information.  The application can be made on plain paper. The application should, however, have the name and complete postal address of the applicant. Even in cases where the information is sought electronically, the application should contain name and postal address of the applicant. The information seeker is not required to give reasons for seeking information.

If a person is unable to make a request in writing, he may seek the help of the Public  Information  Officer to write his application and the Public Information Officer should render him reasonable assistance. Where a decision is taken to give access to a sensorily disabled person to any document, the Public Information Officer , shall provide such assistance to the person as may be appropriate for inspection.

Method of Seeking Information :

A citizen  who  desires  to  obtain  any  information  under  the  Act,  should  make an  application  to  the  Public  Information  Officer of the concerned public authority  in  writing  in  English  or  Hindi  or  in  the  official language o f the area in which the application is made. The application should be precise and specific. He should make payment of application fee at the time of submitting the application as prescribed in the Fee Rules. The applicant can send the application by post or through  electronic  means  or  can  deliver  it  personally  in  the  office of the public authority. The application can also be sent through an Assistant Public Information Officer.

Time Period for Supply of Information:

In normal course, information to an applicant shall be supplied within 30 days from  the  receipt  of  application  by  the  public  authority.  If  information  sought concerns the life or liberty of a person, it shall be supplied within 48 hours.

Appeals on RTI Application :

If an applicant is not supplied information within the prescribed time of thirty days  or  48  hours,  as  the  case  may  be,  or  is  not  satisfied  with  the  information furnished to him,  he may prefer an appeal to the first appellate authority who is an officer senior in rank to the Public Information Officer. Such an appeal, should be filed within a period of thirty days from the date on which the limit of 30 days of supply of information is expired or from the date on which the information or decision of the Public Information Officer is received. The appellate authority of the public authority shall dispose of the appeal within a period of thirty days or in exceptional cases within 45 days of the receipt of the appeal.

If  the  first  appellate  authority  fails  to  pass  an  order  on  the  appeal  within  the prescribed period or if the appellant is not satisfied with the order of the first appellate authority, he may prefer a second appeal with the Central Information Commission within  ninety  days  from  the  date  on  which  the  decision  should have been made by the first appellate authority or was actually received by the appellant.

Disposal of Appeals and Complaints by the CIC:

The Central Information Commission decides the appeals and complaints and conveys its decision to the appellant/complainant and first appellate authority/ Public  Information  Officer . Th e Commission may decide a n appeal/complaint after hearing the parties to the appeal/complaint or by inspection of documents produced  by  the  appellant/complainant  and  Public  Information  Officer or such senior officer of the public authority who decided the first appeal. If the Commission  chooses  to  hear  the  parties  before  deciding  the  appeal  or  the complaint,  the  Commission  will  inform  the  date  of  hearing  to  the  appellant or  the  complainant  at  least  seven  clear  days  before  the  date  of  hearing.  The appellant/complainant has the discretion to be present in person or through his authorized representative at the time of hearing or not to be present.

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