Filing an RTI can be a difficult task if one is not acquainted with the basic RTI rules. Your RTI application might even be rejected if you don’t follow the RTI Rules. If you wish to know about the various rules which must be kept in mind you are at the right place! Read to find out more about the basic RTI rules that you must be aware of before you file an RTI.
Basic RTI Rules
Here are 7 simple rules to follow for RTI in order to ensure your application is not rejected:
Rule 1. People who can file an RTI
An RTI application can be filed by any citizen of India. If you are an Indian citizen and wish to seek some information from a government body, you are eligible to be an RTI applicant.
Rule 2. Bodies/Organization that can be asked for Information under RTI
Under the Right to Information Act 2005, you can ask for information from any public authority. Public authorities are all central, state and local level bodies which are set up under the constitution. In simple terms, all government bodies are public authorities. Even the bodies which are substantially financed by the Central or State Government fall under the category of public authorities.
Rule 3. Remember the Exempted Bodies from the Act
There are a few bodies which are excluded entirely from the RTI by law under section 24 (1) of the Central Act. These bodies are a certain security or intelligence agencies. For a complete list Click Here and refer #5.
Rule 4. Address the Application to the Correct Government Body
Always correctly identify the government body from which the information has to be demanded. In case there are more than one government bodies that have a connection with your query, it is up to you to decide which body has the closest connection to the information you wish to obtain.
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Rule 5. Attach Fee with the Application
Whether you are applying online or offline, it is important to attach the fees associated with your RTI application. The amount of this fee is Rs.10 and any person below the poverty line is exempted from the RTI fee.
However, the person claiming to be below poverty line must provide the proof of his claim. Online RTI submission accepts this free through online payment methods whereas if you are going for the offline method, the fee is payable to the Accounts Officer of the public authority from which information is demanded.
Do note: Different states have different fees that they charge for the RTI requests. It may range from INR 8/- to INR 100/- as well. Moreover the mode of payment also varies from state to state. You can get a complete list by referring #11, here.
Rule 6. Time Period Expected to get a reply
The set time period for information to reach the RTI applicant is within 30 days of the public authority receiving the application. If however, the information concerns the life and liberty of a person, it must be supplied within 48 hours.
Rule 7. Reasons for Application Rejection
The RTI application may be rejected in case the application is left incomplete in any respect; be it incomplete details or content or improper payment of the applicable RTI fees.
It may also be rejected if the information is sought from an authority which is exempted from RTI act.
We hope you have noted the above mentioned rules carefully. Ensure to follow them before you file your RTI application.
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