File Copyright Online - File mutual Divorce in Delhi - Online Legal Advice - Lawyers in India

How To File RTI Application?

What is RTI?

The full form of RTI is the Right to Information, which is governed by a revolutionary law namely, the Right to Information Act, 2005. The main objective of RTI Act is to promote transparency in government institutions in India.

Until the RTI Act gave the common man the right to seek information from the government, only members of Parliament had the privilege of accessing this information. If you are concerned about your business or as a citizen who wants to know anything about any activity of any government department then RTI is a useful tool to get information from the government department. That information can be used constructively for your purposes.

This law is very comprehensive and covers almost all matters of governance. The law has a broad reach, applying to all levels of government - central, state and local - as well as to recipients of significant government funding.

How to file an RTI application?

  • Get the address of the Public Information Officer from the website of the organization.
  • Write the RTI application form in English/Hindi/state official language addressed to Public Information Officer and ask your questions clearly.
  • Write your full name, contact details, and the address where you want your RTI information/response to be sent.
  • There is no prescribed format of application for obtaining information. The application can be made on plain paper.
  • The recipient need not state the reasons for seeking the information.

Steps for RTI Application Online:

  • Department of Personnel and Training has launched a web portal called RTI online for all Union Ministries/Departments with URL
  • It is a facility for Indian citizens to file RTI applications and first appeals online to all Union Ministries/Departments.
  • The prescribed RTI fee can be paid online as well.
  • Reply to RTI applications and first appeals received online can also be filed online by the concerned PIOs/FAAs.

What is fee and modes of payment of fee for RTI application?

A citizen who wants to get some information from a public authority can send a demand draft or banker's check along with the application or Rs. 10/- (Rupees Ten) Indian Postal Order, payable to the Accounts Officer is required. of a public authority as a prescribed fee for obtaining information.

The fee can also be paid by cash to the Public Authority or Assistant Public Information Officer, against proper receipt. Payment of fees to Central 8 Ministries/Departments can also be made online through State Bank of India Internet Banking or through Master/Visa Debit/Credit Card.

The following are the modes of payment of fees for online applications:

  • Internet banking by SBI and its affiliated banks.
  • Using State Bank of India ATM-cum-Debit Card.
  • MasterCard/Visa Credit/Debit Card.
Note: It should be noted that as per the RTI Rules, 2012, the RTI fee is not required to be paid by a citizen living below the poverty line. However, the BPL applicant must attach a copy of the appropriate government issued certificate in this regard with the application.

What is the period for information supply?

Generally, the information will be provided to the applicant within 30 days of receipt of the application by the public authority. If the information sought relates to the life or liberty of a person, it shall be provided within 48 hours.

What Government bodies that are covered under the RTI Act are RTI information?

  • All government agencies, whether under the state government or the centre, come under the ambit of the Act.
  • Municipal Corporations, PSUs (Public Sector Units), Government Departments, Ministries at State and Central Levels, Judiciary, Government Owned Companies, Government Universities, Government Schools, Construction Departments, Road Authorities, Provident Fund Department, etc.
  • Not only governments and their departments, but even smaller units like your city corporation or village panchayat come under RTI.
  • You can exercise the right to information to obtain information such as the status of any application made by you, e.g., GST Registration, Income Tax Return, GST Refund, Expenditure by Government, etc.

What Government organizations that are not covered under the RTI Act are RTI information?

  1. Organizations related to the country's defense and intelligence, such as RAW, BSF, CRPF, CISF, Intelligence Bureau, National Security Guard etc.
  2. Additionally, there are certain instances in which RTI information cannot be provided. These examples relate to things that:
    • Would affect national security, sovereignty, strategic, economic and/or scientific interests.
    • The court has refused to release those.
    • Relates to trade secrets or intellectual property, information that may affect/harm the competitive position of a third party.
    • Relates to information under a trust relationship.
    • Will affect any person's life/physical safety.
    • Relating to Foreign Government Information.
    • Will affect the process of investigation.
    • Belongs to Cabinet Papers.
    • Relating to personal data without any public interest.

RTI- Right to information is a very effective and affordable tool to know where your money is being used, where corruption is prevalent, what is the working status of any government official etc. It opens up the government institutions to scrutiny. Armed with knowledge about RTI, a common man can request any government agency to provide information

Written By:
Email: [email protected], ph no: +91 9643203209

Law Article in India

Ask A Lawyers

You May Like

Legal Question & Answers

Lawyers in India - Search By City

Copyright Filing
Online Copyright Registration


How To File For Mutual Divorce In Delhi


How To File For Mutual Divorce In Delhi Mutual Consent Divorce is the Simplest Way to Obtain a D...

Increased Age For Girls Marriage


It is hoped that the Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which intends to inc...

Facade of Social Media


One may very easily get absorbed in the lives of others as one scrolls through a Facebook news ...

Section 482 CrPc - Quashing Of FIR: Guid...


The Inherent power under Section 482 in The Code Of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (37th Chapter of t...

The Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in India: A...


The Uniform Civil Code (UCC) is a concept that proposes the unification of personal laws across...

Role Of Artificial Intelligence In Legal...


Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing various sectors of the economy, and the legal i...

Lawyers Registration
Lawyers Membership - Get Clients Online

File caveat In Supreme Court Instantly