Right to Information (RTI) is an Act of the Parliament of India to provide for setting out the practical regime of the right to information for citizens and replaces the erstwhile Freedom of information Act, 2002. Under the provisions of the Act, any citizen of India may request information from a "public authority" (a body of Government or "instrumentality of State") which is required to reply expeditiously or within thirty days. The Act also requires every public authority to computerise their records for wide dissemination and to proactively certain categories of information so that the citizens need minimum recourse to request for information formally.
Any citizen of India who desired to obtain any information under the Right to Information Act - 2005 may make a request to the Public Information Officer/Assistant Public Information Officer, preferbly in the Application Format, in writing or through electronic means.
Format of Application
There is no form 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.
1. What is the Application Procedure for requesting information?
a) 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.
b) Reason for seeking information are not required to be given;
c) Pay fees as may be prescribed (if not belonging to the below poverty line category).
2. What is the time limit to get the information?
a) 30 days from the date of application
b) 48 hours for information concerning the life or liberty of a person
c) 5 days shall be added to the above response time, in case the application for information is given to Assistant Public Information Officer.
d) If the interests of a third party are involved then time limit will be 40 days (maximum period + time given to the party to make representation).
e) Failure to provide information within the specified period is a deemed refusal.
3. What is the fee?
a) Application fees to be prescribed which must be reasonable.
b) If further fees are required, then the same must be intimated in writing with calculation details of how the figure was arrived at;
c) Applicant can seek review of the decision on fees charged by the PIO by applying to the appropriate Appellate Authority;
d) No fees will be charged from people living below the poverty line
e) Applicant must be provided information free of cost if the PIO fails to comply with the prescribed time limit.
|1.||For each page(A4 or A3 paper) created or copied||Rs. 2/- per page|
|2.||For a copy in larger size paper||Actual Charge or Cost price|
|3.||For samples or models||Actual Cost of price|
|4.||For inspection of records/td>||No fee for the first hour, Rs. 5/hr thereafter.|
Further, for providing the information under sub-section(5) of Section 7,the fee shall be charged at the following rates.
|1.||For information provided in diskette or floopy||Rs. 50/-(Rupees fifty only) per diskette or floopy|
|2.||For information provided in printer form||All the price fixed for such publication or Rs. 2/- per page of photocopy for extracts from the publication.|
4. What could be the ground for rejection?
a) If it is covered by exemption from disclosure.
b) If it infringes copyright of any person other than the State
|RTI ENGLISH VERSION||389.16 KB|
|RTI HINDI VERSION||867.21 KB|