Below are a few RTI Related questions we would like to proactively answer for the citizens as only the folks/citizens who have filed an RTI will be aware of this process.
- When to file an RTI?
If you have any question pertaining to the administration of your Central or State Government, then you can file an RTI to get your answers. (For Example: If you want to know by when a Street/Main Road which is in a very bad state in your locality be fixed?, You can simply go to Roads and Buildings (also known as R&B) Dept. of your State and file an RTI there.
Why Roads and Buildings Dept.?
This is to avoid the tedious process of letting people from Municipality Dept. etc. to make you walk around 40 different Offices or Desks. The One dept. in the state which has sole responsibility of fixing, allocating budget and maintaining roads in the state. The R&B dept. has no one else to pass the buck to. They will have the responsibility to transfer your RTI application to the concerned dept.
2.Fee to be Paid for RTI Application?
10/- per application, and to be paid either by Postal Order Stamp (available at any post office) or a Court Fee Stamp (available only at Court of Law)
3.How to file an RTI & Whom it needs to be addressed to?
You can simply, Take a paper, Address it to the Concerned Public Information Officer (PIO’s). Remember every dept. in State and Central Govt. have designated (PIO’s) whose sole job is to provide information that is asked through an RTI application. There will be an Office called INWARD at every dept. who will collect this application from you “No Questions Asked”.
Be sure you take two copies of your application as you need to take the INWARD Office’s stamp on your copy of the application as proof.
The reply to your RTI will come by post to the address you mention in your Application.
4.Do we have a sample of an RTI application?
Yes Please click here >>> Sample Actual RTI-Application
5.What is the deadline by which the PIO is required to furnish his reply to my RTI application?
The RTI has three steps.
- A) The PIO is to provide reply to your RTI application within 30 days from the Date of Receipt of the Application.
- B) If reply did not come in 30 days of your filing or you are not satisfied with the response you received; Then You can simply Write First Reminder if no response Or First Appeal if not satisfied with response received on your previous application and submit it again at the INWARD Office of the dept. where you filed your first Application. Deadline to this application is also 30 days from the Date of Receipt. This reminder process is called FIRST APPEAL.
- c) Even after the 60 days period i.e. (A+B above) if you did not receive response to your reply or unsatisfactory response, then you can file a Second Appeal with the State Information Commission (SIC) if your RTI is seeking State Govt. Information and Central Information Commission (CIC) If you seeking Central Govt. related information.
Deadline to Second Appeal? Unfortunately, As of today there is no deadline in place for the Second Appeal Application.
- What is the Penalty for the PIO for not replying or giving required information?
Once the application reaches the SIC or CIC (Information Commission) from that day onwards 250/- INR per day is levied as penalty on the PIO which will be deducted from his personal salary and not govt. fund. The maximum penalty leading up to not more than 25000/- INR. This is when your RTI application will be taken seriously by the Public Information Officer!
Click here to file an RTI application with Central Government about any National Issue or Central govt. issue.
Also, you may find complete RTI Act 2005 as modified up to 1st February 2011 Here. Complete RTI Act 2005.
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