What is Right ?What is Information ?Who will give information ?Why information is required ?Where can we get information ?Is information useful to people, if so where ?Who will benefit from the information obtained? The RTI Act 2005 – Processes RTI Act 2005 – Appeal ( SIC / CIC ) RTI Act 2005 - Exemptions RTI Act 2005 – Penalties RTI Act 2005 – Uses
The RTI Act 2005 – Process PIO APIO APIO PIO AA ICAPIO – Assistant Public Information Officer, PIO – Public Information Officer, AA – Appellate Authority IC – Information Commission
Obligations• Sec 4 (1)(b) Every public authority shall publish within 120 days from the enactment of this act – 1. The particulars of its Organizations, Functions and Duties. 2. The powers and duties of its officers and employees. 3. Procedure followed in Decision making. 4. The norms set by it for the discharge of its functions. 5. The records under its control. 6. Budget allocated to it and the monthly remuneration of each of its employees. 7. The Names, Designations and other particulars of the PIOs. 8. Etc,.
WHERE CAN WE FILE RTIPERSONAL ISSUES :• STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS• PASSPORT DELAY• IT RETURNS• DRIVING LICENSE DELAY / RTA RELATED ISSUES• PF RELATED• RATION CARD• VOTER ID CARD• ANSWERS SHEETS FROM UNIVERSITIES• GAS CYLINDER DELIVERY / NEW GAS CONNECTIONS• UNIVERSITY PROGRAM DETAILS• DESEALING AND REGULARIZATION OF YOUR HOUSE• WATER PROBLEM / WATER CONNECTIONS• LIST GOES ON………
CONT....WHERE CAN WE FILE RTIPUBLIC ISSUES :•DETAILS OF “STREET AND ROAD WORKS” CARRIED OUT•INSPECT GOVERNMENT WORKS / OFFICES / RECORDS•DETAILS OF ROAD CUTTINGS•MALFUNCTIONING OF STREET LIGHTS•STATUS OF COMPLAINTS RELATED TO CORRUPTION•BAD SANITARY CONDITIONS•LAKE ENCROACHMENTS•INCOMPLETE/PENDING PUBLIC WORKS•MPLADS / MLACDF•LIST GOES ON…….
Who has used RTI ?• Information Commissioner himself• Arun Jaitley (Bofors papers)• Jaswant Singh (Barmer royalty property)• Nine year old Pranav forced Delhi police to register an F.I.R. to trace his lost bicycle under RTI act.• Government School children filed multiple RTI’s to get facilities in their school• Subramanian Swamy – 2G Scam• Santosh Daundkar – Adarsh Society Scam
FAQ:1. 3 Stages in RTI process (RTI Application, First Appeal , Second Appeal)2. How to pay the application fee? (SPIO, CPIO) (Postal order i.e. IPO , Demand Draft, M.O , Banker Cheque , Court Fee Stamp, Challan, Cash). (Images next slide)3. Do everyone need to pay the fee ? (BPL applicants are not required to pay any fee)4. What has to be filled on the postal order ? (“Pay To”, “From”)5. How to send the RTI application ? (Speed post with AD / Register post with AD i.e. RPAD, Direct submission)6. How to find/locate the address of PIO/ APIO ?7. Do we need to keep the acknowledgments?8. Can we attach proofs (if any) ?9. Is there a limit for our questions ?
Regular updates from :www.rtiindia.org http://rti.eenadu.net/
Useful Websites to know more about RTI Act:• http://rti.gov.in• www.right2.info• http://www.righttoinformation.org• http://rti.india.gov.in• www.apic.gov.in• www.rtiindia.org• www.subhashmadhu.com• www.Creatindia.org• www.rti.eenadu.net• www.itmd-india.org• www.theasthra.org
With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility… 1) Website (Ex : http://www.ghmc.gov.in/) 2) Citizen Charter (Displayed at office or in the website) 3) Talk to the concerned official, if needed. 4) Formal Complaint ( Online / Offline ) ( Ack. Must ) 5) Then file RTI.
Some ground rules to be followed with govt offices : Be firm. Be assertive. Address officers by their names without being rude. Read rules, regulations and citizens’ charters. Demand services accordingly. Avoid touts, agents and middle men. Insist on receipts for all payments. Demand acknowledgement for documents/forms submitted. Do not accept verbal rejections. Demand in writing why your document/form is being rejected. File applications under RTI. Get details if officers refuse to provide information. Firmly and openly say that you will not give bribes. Report demands for bribes, unnecessary delays or rudeness to Vigilance and senior officials. Record conversations on your mobile, take photographs of the corrupt and attach to your complaints.
WHAT’S NOW?“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Father of our Nation