?[ 2(i) & (j)] Definition of a Public Authority. [Sec 2(h)] Request of Information under Section 4 or 6 RTI Application ? 6(3) Disposal of Request Fees( ) - 2(h) Format of the Application 1st Appeal 2nd Appeal Penalties
Section 2(i): "record" includes— (a) any document, manuscript and file; (b) any microfilm, microfiche and facsimile copy of a document; (c) any reproduction of image or images embodied in such microfilm (whether enlarged or not); and (d) any other material produced by a computer or any other device;
Section 2(h): "public authority" means any authority or body or institution of self- government established or constituted— (a) by or under the Constitution ; (b) by any other law made by Parliament ; (c) by any other law made by State Legislature ; (d) by notification issued or order made by the appropriate Government,and includes any— (i) body owned, controlled or substantially financed; (ii) non-Government organization substantially financed, directly or indirectly by funds provided by the appropriate Government;
Suo Moto Disclosures- 4 17 points under Section 4(b) defines the Suo moto disclosures. E.g. Otherwise, any citizen of India can file a RTI application under section 6.
Every Govt. Dept. has a Public Information Officer(PIO) - for this purpose. CPIO at the Centre Govt. Departments and SPIO at State Govt. departments. You can find this out easily from the internet. Incase you do not know who PIO is, you can just address it to the ‘Public Info. Officer, Name of the Department’.
You can pay fees either by Demand Draft or Postal order. The most convenient is Postal order , which can easily be purchased from a Post Office
2(h) - (i) inspection of work, documents, records; (ii) taking notes, extracts or certified copies of documents or records; (iii) taking certified samples of material (iv) obtaining information in the form of diskettes, floppies, tapes, video cassettes or in any other electronic mode or through printouts where such information is stored in a computer or in any other device;
You can draft your application in English, Hindi or any regional language. You can draft in on a simple blank page. Some departments have already made a sample format on their website, but it’s not mandatory. Mention duration of the Information required. Any number of questions can be asked. Questions should be precise an to the point.
Ask for the unique file number, in your RTI. You can also mention an inspection clause. Information asked must be on record. Always remember to take a photocopy of your application and DD/IPO before filing a RTI. Always send it through speed post or Registered post. If possible, attach a Acknowledgement with the RTI.
Rs 10 is the fees for obtaining information from any Central Govt. Office/ Department. However, some State Govt. have amended the RTI Act. This can be checked on the internet. No fees shall be charged from people who are of BPL(Below Poverty line). At maximum, information should be provided within 30 days. Section 7(3): Further fees of Rs 2/page and Rs 50/CD shall be charged.
Section 19(1): Besides the Public Information Officer, every Public Authority must appoint an officer to whom 1st appeal be made. If you do not get the reply to your RTI within 30 days, or, you are not satisfied with the reply, you can make a appeal to the 1st Appellate Authority within 30 days from such decision. The reply of 1st appeal must come within 30 days.
Section 19(3): If you are not satisfied with the reply of 1st appeal, or, you do not get any reply, you can file a complaint(2nd Appeal) with State Information commission(SIC) or Central information Commission(CIC). 2nd Appeal must be filed within 90 days from date of the decision made by First Appellate Authority .
Section 20(1): The SIC/ CIC shall impose a penalty of Rs 250/day till application is received or information is furnished, so however, the total amount of such penalty shall not exceed Rs 25,000.