How to file RTI under Right to Information 2005

How to file RTI under Right to Information 2005

Index:

  • Introduction
  • Objective of RTI
  • Who can file RTI?
  • Benefits of RTI
  • What information can be sought under RTI?
  • Which organizations do not come under the purview of the RTI Act?
  • Reasons for cancellation of RTI application
  • How to file RTI online
  • How to file RTI offline
  • Essential Rules of RTI
  • When to use RTI?
  • Important Sections in the RTI Act

Introduction:

The full form of RTI is "Right to Information." It is called "Right to Information" in the Hindi language. RTI is an Act passed by the Parliament, which was introduced in 2005 to replace the Freedom of Information Act 2002. The law was passed by the Parliament on 15 June 2005 and came into force on 12 October 2005.

We have to make thousands of rounds in most government departments, but the work is not done. The officials often neither listen nor give more time to the general public citing any technical problem. In such a situation, our work remains in government departments for many days. It's not that we can't do anything, but we get upset because we don't know our right to information.

This right, beyond the rich and poor, has been with every citizen of India since 2005. Under this, we can ask for information from any government department. Usually, people file RTI by writing their questions on plain paper with half the information, but the answer is not received. Because we do not have complete information about the right way to file RTI and the rights given by the constitution. What is RTI Act, how to apply for it, and much other important information is shared in this Blog.

The Objective of RTI:

  • The object of RTI is to prevent corruption; under this Act, any person can seek information from any department.

Who can file RTI?

  • Any person who is an Indian citizen can apply for RTI.

Benefits of RTI:

  • Through RTI, any Indian citizen can apply to get information from any government department.
  • RTI is a weapon by which we can get any document checked by the government.
  • Through RTI, we can ask for a certified copy of any document from the government.
  • Under RTI, one can get information related to the use of budget for which project, such as the budget for electricity, water, and road, and can get complete details from the institution for which work is being done. How much budget has been passed and how much has been utilized, whether there has been any corruption in between, all this information can be taken at any time?
  • Any person can complain of corruption by using this law.
  • Using this law, you can demand all the information about any fact from the government organization. But we cannot use this law to know the opinion of any government organization.
  • All government institutions, central government, state government, schools, colleges, banks, post offices, railways, hospitals, police, electricity boards, BSNL, etc., are covered under this law.
  • The biggest thing is that the Right to Information protects all the rights of the ordinary person and maintains transparency towards the government for all citizens.
  • Right from the time of its implementation, people have benefited immensely from it, and it has protected the general public's interest. Any person can file a complaint of corruption under RTI at any time.
  • RTI is a law that protects all rights of the common man and creates transparency toward the government for all citizens.

What Information Can be Sought Under RTI:

  • We cannot use this right to know the opinion of any government department; we can use it to get information about facts. For example, how many medicines come to the government dispensary, how much is spent on the park and cleanliness, and how many appointments were made in a government office? Apart from this, how much money came for road construction, and where was it spent? Users can find information related to the utilization of the upcoming budget for basic needs of Indian citizens like electricity, water, roads, etc.
  • Also, you can get complete information from the institute about how much budget has been passed for which work and how much has been used.
  • All government departments, prime minister, chief minister, power companies, banks, schools, colleges, hospitals, presidents, police, and power companies come under RTI Act.
  • People have gotten much such information through RTI, which has solved their everyday problems.

Which Organizations do Not Come Under the Purview of The RTI Act?

  • Some organizations are not covered under the Right to Information Act. These entities have been kept out of it under Section 24(1) of the RTI Act.
  • Any information or confidential information related to the government's security does not come under this right. The Central Security Department also comes into these institutions, which have been kept out of its Act.

Reasons for Cancellation of RTI Application:

  • RTI applications can be rejected in the following situations:
  • Leave the RTI application incomplete.
  • For not depositing the RTI application fee.
  • If you want to fetch the information of that department outside the RTI Act, then your RTI application can be canceled.
  • The application can also be canceled due to some reasons, such as suppose that the matter in the application is not filled correctly or the details are incomplete or apart from that the amount of the application has been supplied incorrectly, then the applicant's application is canceled.

How to file RTI online:

  • To file RTI online, you have to visit its official website rtionline.gov.in.
  • To fill out the online form, you must first click the submit request button. Afterward, a page will open in which all the RTI guidelines will be available.
  • After reading the guidelines, you have to confirm that you have read the complete guidelines and then click on submit.
  • After submitting, a form will open. You can open this form in 2 languages, Hindi or English, at your convenience.
  • Now you have to fill it here completely according to the department you want this form related to.
  • You fill in all the information asked, such as - department name, name, gender, address, pin code, state, mobile number, email and RTI request, etc.
  • All the details in the RTI form must be correct, and the form cannot be left incomplete as the incomplete form is not submitted.
  • After filling out the form correctly, the required documents will also have to be uploaded.
  • After that, you enter the below-given security code and finally click on submit button.
  • After this, you will get the receipt, which you store or take a printout and keep with you.

How to file RTI Offline:

  • To apply offline, you have to write an application form. According to Section 6 of the RTI Act, any person can apply for this.
  • To submit an RTI application, you first need to write a simple application in the name of the Public Information Officer of that department.
  • After that, you can ask your questions through this application. You can write your application in any language, either in English or Hindi.
  • If you write the application completely, it should include the date of application and the fee of Rs.10. Please attach the postal order which is required to complete this process.
  • Those who come below the poverty line will get 10 Rs. There is no need to pay the fee, but they must attach a copy of the BPL certificate.
  • Also, before applying, take a photocopy and keep it with you. After applying, take a receipt from the Public Information Officer.
  • Because if any officer refuses to give you information or tries to hide any fact, you can complain against him.
  • Please write your full name and address in the application form, put your signature, and then send it to the concerned office through registered post.
  • If no response is received within 30 days, you can file an appeal with the appellate authority.

RTI Application Form in Hindi:

To,

CPIO/PIO (Public Information Officer)

Department Name-------------------------------

DEPARTMENT ADDRESS ------------------------------

Pin Code-------------------------------------

Subject: Application for seeking information under Right to Information Act-2005

Sir/Madam,

Please answer the questions given below under the Right to Information Act-2005.

  • Question 1---------------------------------------------- -----------------
  • Question 2----------------------------------------------- ----------------
  • Question 3----------------------------------------------- ----------------
  • Question 4----------------------------------------------------------- -----------
  • Question-5-------------------------------------------------- ----------------

And so on.

No. of Postal Order/Bank Draft as a fee for the information requested by me………. Date of issue………Amount………. is enclosed.

OR

I come below the poverty line. Therefore, I do not have to pay any fee for taking a right to information. For this, I am enclosing the attested document of my poverty line. (Note - Do not write which of the two is not applicable)

Sincerely:

......................................,

(sign)

Then enter your full name and address

------------------------------------Pin Code------------ -------------Mobile No --------------------

Date ----------

Essential Rules of RTI:

  • You can get information from any public authority, including all central, state, and local bodies set up under the constitution.
  • Along with the application, the applicant will also have to remit the fee; for any individual, this amount is Rs 10, and for BPL card holders, this amount is waived off.
  • Depending on the state, this fee varies from Rs 8 to Rs 100.
  • After applying under RTI, the result is received within 30 days, and if there is any necessary document, then its result can also be obtained in 48 hours.
  • Write the address of the government department correctly, you should always remember from which department you want to get information. If there is more than one department associated with the information you're asking for, you'll need to decide which department is most closely related to it. This means that the address of the department from which you seek information must be correct.

When to Use RTI?

  • However, there are many occasions when you can use the Right to Information Act. Here we will mainly discuss the circumstances when the Right to Information is exercised.
  • Not doing the work prescribed by the government department, if the work of repair of any road has come in your area and the institution has also received the budget, but the work has not been done, or any work related to electricity has not been done, even after the arrival of government ration, if services are not being provided to the general public.
  • So, in such a situation, any person can ask for a document from that government institution, and with that help, the corruption being done by that institution can be brought in front of everyone. Action can also be taken against it.
  • Delay in any work by the government department is a big reason for using the Right to Information Act. Because the government passes government services, the general public benefits from those services very late or not. But when the services come too late, the main reason is the employees associated with that organization.
  • Information about the expenditure on any government program Using this Act, you can ask for a list of expenses incurred in any government program. You can also find out how much money and where it has been used.
  • Apart from this, you can also ask for information from the government using this law.

Important Sections in the RTI Act:

  • Section 6(1): Format of RTI Application Form
  • Section 6(3): If your application has gone to the wrong department, then that department will be sent to the correct department within five days under this section.
  • Section 7(5): According to this section, BPL card holders do not have to pay any RTI fee.
  • Section 7(6): According to this section, the information will be given free of cost if the RTI reply is not received within 30 days.
  • Section 18: If any officer does not respond, his complaint shall be reported to the Information Officer.
  • Section 8: According to this, information will not be given in RTI which threatens the integrity and security of the country or affects the department's internal investigation.
  • Section 19(1): If your RTI reply is not received within 30 days. So, according to this section, you can make the first appeal to the first appellate authority.
  • Section 19(3): If your first appeal is not answered, then with the help of this section, you can make a second appeal to the officer within 90 days.

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