What is the Method of Seeking Information?

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A citizen who desires to obtain any information under the Act, should make an application to the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) of the concerned public authority in writing in English or Hindi or in the official language of the area in which the application is made. The applicant can send the application by post… Read more »

What are the Suo Motu Disclosures that public authority has to make?

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The Act makes it obligatory for every public authority to make suo-motu disclosure in respect of the particulars of its organization, functions, duties etc. as provided in section 4 of the Act. Besides, some public authorities under the Central Government have published other information and have posted them on their websites. RTI stands for “Right… Read more »

Who is the authority to whom application is to be made?

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Application for seeking information should be made to an officer of the public authority who is designated as Central Public Information Officer (CPIO). All the public authorities have designated their Central Public Information Officers and have posted their particulars on their respective web-sites. This information is also available on the ‘RTI PORTAL’. Persons seeking information… Read more »

What are the Exemptions from Disclosure under the RTI Act?

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The right to seek information from a public authority is not absolute. Sections 8 and 9 of the Act enumerate the categories of information which are exempt from disclosure. At the same time Schedule II of the Act contains the names of the Intelligence and Security Organisations which are exempt from the purview of the… Read more »

Is there any assistance available to the Applicant for filing RTI application?

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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,… Read more »

Is there any specific Format of RTI Application?

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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. For Central Government Departments, there is no form. You should apply on a plain sheet of paper like an ordinary application. However, many… Read more »

What is Right to Information under the RTI Act?

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A citizen has a right to seek such information from a public authority which is held by the public authority or which is held under its control. This right includes inspection of work, documents and records; taking notes, extracts or certified copies of documents or records; taking certified samples of material held by the public… Read more »

What should I do if the PIO does not accept my application?

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You can send it by post. Once you send it along with the fee, your job is done. You should also make a formal complaint to the respective “Information Commission”. The Information Commissioner has the power to impose a penalty of Rs.25,000 on the concerned PIO officer who refused to accept your application. But it is most… Read more »

Is any fee to get information under RTI ? How do I deposit that?

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Yes, there is an “application fee”. For Central Government Departments, it is Rs.10. However, different states have different fees. For getting information, you have to pay Rs.2 per page of information provided for Central Government Departments. It is different for different states. Similarly, there is a fee for inspection of documents. There is no fee… Read more »

Where do I submit the application for information?

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You can submit the application for information by followings – Apply in writing or through electronic means in English or Hindi or in the official language of the area, to the PIO, specifying the particulars of the information sought for. Reason for seeking information are not required to be given; Pay fees as may be prescribed… Read more »