What is RTI Act ?
RTI Act or Right to Information Act came into force from 12th of October, 2005. The main aim of this act is to promote transparency in all government institutions by providing the citizens right to get all the information of each and everything which our government is doing. The moment this act came into force it has become the legal right of every citizen to demand any required information from government institutions and the government institutions has become duty bound to provide the required information to the citizen within 30 days. This is Act is so powerful that the constitutional authorities come under this Act and binds every authority to provide the answers to the questions of a common man.
This Act made it very clear that every
authority should have a Public Information Officer or PIO who will handle all
the Applications applied by the citizens under RTI Act. These PIO should reply
to the Applications along with the required information to the citizens within
a time period of 30 days failing which the PIO will have to face the monetary
loss/fine. If a citizen is not satisfied with the provided information, he/she
can approach to higher authorities by filing First Appeal against the
This Act is applicable on all the government agencies. For example, Municipal Corporations, PSUs (Public Sector Units), Government departments, Ministries at the State as well as Central level, Judiciary, Government owned Companies, Government Universities, Government Schools, Work Departments, Road Authorities, Provident Fund department etc. The list is quite long.
Though, there are also some exceptions in this Act. Information which can harm national security and sometimes includes a person’s personal information, that information might not be provided by the authority. These exceptions were made to avoid the exploitation and misuse of this Act
What is an RTI Application and how shall we file it?
The Application through which a
citizen asks from the government institutions the required Information is called
the RTI Application. The procedure of filing of RTI application is very easy.
Application should be addressed to the
correct PIO of the department in which the applicant has to send the
Application for the information. The application could be either handwritten or
typed on a paper in either Hindi or English. There are few states which accept
the applications in their own official language, if that is the case the
application should be in that language so the PIO can easily read and
understand the requirements of the applicant.
Application should be attached with Rs. 10/- postal order or demand draft if the applicant is sending it by registered post. Sending the application with the help of registered post is most convenient and advisable method. However, the applicant can hand over the application to the PIO in person and shall get the acknowledgement.
The applicant should write its own name, address and other contact details as well so that the information can be sent to the applicant by the PIO through post. The applicant should ask specific questions and the questions should be to the point so that the PIO should not get confused.
This Act was made very citizen friendly which can be proved through the following points:-
Indian citizen can file the application from anywhere in India.
2. If the
applicant is illiterate, he/she can simple approach to the concerned PIO and
the PIO will understand all the requirements, will note them down and will
provide the information within 30 days to the applicant.
3. Application can be on any type of paper, be it
crumbled or torn as long as the content of the application is visible and easy
the enforcement of this Act, only members of Parliament had this authority to
access the information. While after the enforcement, any layman can access to
5. If the applicant is hesitating for sending the Application by post, the applicant can go to the nearest post office and submit the application to the Assistant Public Information Officer (APIO). The postal department has appointed several APIOs in their many offices and their job is to receive the RTI Applications and forward them to the concerned PIO/appellate authorities.
Can RTI applications be filed online?
RTI applications can be filed online through the web portal of central Government but the applications can only be filed in the departments of central government. There are few web portals of state governments as well. However, we at www.sendrti.com provide the convenience to file RTI anywhere across India in just a three simple steps, you don’t need to visit government offices instead we can provide you hassle-free services at a nominal cost.