What does information means?
|Information means any material in any form including records, documents, memos, e-mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material held in any electronic form and information relating to any private body which can be accessed by a public authority under any other law for the time being in force.|
From which governments can we ask information?
|Presently, nine state governments have passed right to information laws. These are Jammu & Kashmir, Delhi , Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra , Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Goa and Assam . Hence, any citizen of India can ask information from any of these State Governments related to their respective affairs. The Central Government has recently tabled a Central Right to Information Bill in Parliament. Once that is passed, then any citizen would be able to seek information from any state or central government.|
Who can ask for Information?
|Any citizen can ask for information under these laws.The Act extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir. [S.(12)]|
What kind of Information one can ask for?
|A person can ask for any information related to the government functioning like copies of contracts of various government works, copies of bills and vouchers, status of any application filed with the government, status of various grievances or corruption cases pending, attendance registers of gardeners or sweepers in your area, log book of vehicles used by various government functionaries, list of works carried out by your MLA and MP, obtain sample of material of any government work, documents related to various policies and budgets of the governments etc|
What are the types of issues can be solved using RTI?
Wherever you have a legitimate work pending, you have filed all the documents, you have completed all formalities, you have a genuine case, which the official ought to do in his normal course of duty but is not doing. For instance;
Do these laws apply to private bodies also?
|The situation varies from state to state. The laws apply to any body controlled or substantially financed by the Government. In some states, the laws also apply to cooperative bodies and societies. However, there has been a demand that these laws should be made applicable to such private bodies who provide public services, like telecom companies, electricity companies etc.|
What if I can not locate my PIO or APIO?
|In case you have problems locating your PIO/APIO you can address your RTI application to the PIO C/o Head of Department and send it to the concerned public authority with the requisite application fee. The Head of Department will have to forward your application to the concerned PIO.|
Is there an application form for seeking information?
|For Central Government Departments, there is no form. You should apply on a plain sheet of paper like an ordinary application. We have prepared a sample RTI application form which can be downloaded free here: RTI India.infoHowever, many states and some ministries and departments have prescribed formats. You should apply in these formats. Please read rules of respective states to know.|
How to write an RTI Application?
Every state has a different mode of payment for application fee. Generally, you can deposit your application fee via:
(Guidelines) While filing an RTI application, the framing of the questions is very important. A slight misunderstanding or vague questions gives the PIO a chance to reject your application. Follow these guidelines:
If you have problem in drafting RTI application or you have queries regarding any aspect of Right to Information, browse around the RTI India forum to get more information, or if you have specific question, post it at relevant forum.
What is the Application Procedure for requesting information?
What is the Fee?
Yes, there is an application fee. For Central Government Departments, it is Rs 10. However, different states have prescribed different fee. For details see rules framed by the states on this website. 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 for first hour of inspection, but after that, you have to pay Rs. 5 for every subsequent hour or fraction thereof. This is according to Central Rules. For each state, see respective state rules. You can deposit fee wither in cash or through a DD or bankers cheque or postal order drawn in favor of that public authority. In some states, you can buy court fee stamps and affix it on your application. This would be treated as if you have deposited the fee. You can then deposit your application either by post or by hand.The complete state wise and organization wise fees will be inputted later on.
An applicant under RTI Act is required to pay fee to obtain information.. There are the things you must know before you apply for application. Fee is payable on various account. Fee payable would differ from case to case depending upon the circumstances of each case. Different reasons for which fee is payable are as follows:
Application fee is payable alongwith application, and, for the remaining the Public Information Officer will inform the applicant alongwith details of fee payable. The information would be provided to applicant only after payment of the fee required to be paid by the Public Information officer. The applicant if so desires can confirm whether the fee demanded is reasonable or not and can verify the perscribed rates of photocopy, floppy, CD, inspection etc. from the office from where the information is sought. Remember, different rates of fee are applicable to different organizations.
Fee in case of applicant being below the poverty line
Applicants who are in the category of ‘below the poverty line' are exempt from payment of fee to a certain extent. The following fee is payable by them
Are the Public Sector Unit covered under RTI?
|PSUs fall within the category of public authorities. Even if the law constituting a PSU does not allow disclosure of certain categories of information, the RTI Act, 2005 overrides any such law in existence. Hence the designated PIO for the organisation under question has to provide the information. However, if an applicant seeks information, that includes commercial confidence, trade secrets or Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) etc. the disclosure of which will affect the competitive position of that PSU, such information may not be given unless there is a larger public interest involved.|
How much is the Fee?