In order to encourage a corruption free, transparent as well as accountable form of government, the Right to Information Act 2005 (RTI 2005) came into existence. India is a democracy and the essence of democracy is, Freedom. Hence, to encourage democracy in its true sense, the RTI 2005 was implemented with a view to allow every Indian citizen to freely ask for any information from the government if he/she desires. Not only this, one can also apply for physical inspection of government records.
Do note: The RTI 2005 extends to all states of India except for Jammu and Kashmir.
More About Right to Information Act 2005:
Under the Right to Information act 2005, any citizen can seek information from any public or government authority (however, it should not pertain to national security and defense or some personal information) and the authority is liable to respond within a period of 30 days to the application.
Also, it is important for every government / public authority to computerize their records for wide distribution of information. The law was passed by the parliament on 15th June 2005 and it came into force on 12th October, 2005.
In order to know about the situations where you can make use of your Right to Information, read further!
How to Exercise Your Right To Information Act 2005:
Let us suppose you come across a road which is full of potholes and nothing is being done about it. Even days later the scenario doesn’t change. Now while this is very dangerous for motorist, especially 2-wheeler riders, having a road in good condition is a right of every citizen.
In such a scenario, you can submit an application under the RTI 2005, to the Public Information Officer (PIO) of your area regarding the information about the condition of the road and are any steps being taken to fix the issue or not.
It is compulsory for the PIO to provide you with the information. However if your request concerns another government authority, then it is the duty of the PIO to forward your application to that authority.
If you wish to seek information from a public authority you are supposed to pay a certain amount as the application fees. The fees and the payment mode, depends upon whether the information sought is from Central Government or State Government. Also, the fee is payable to the Accounts Officer of the public authority and the amount varies with different states. You must send the application fees with your RTI application.
Further, fees towards the cost of providing information might also be required; the details will be intimated to you by the PIO. These typically involve cost of photocopying and other administrative charges. They are in the range of Rs. 2 to Rs. 50.
This was just one example. There are number of situations wherein an RTI can be filed, these examples are as follows:
Delay in getting, PPF withdrawal, IT refund, pensions etc.
Delay in getting refunds from IRCTC, Nationalized Banks on failed transactions
Getting information regarding various infrastructure and public welfare projects.
Information to know the use of various funds allocated for public emergencies, welfare and utilities including MP, MLA and even PM relief funds.
Information on delays in implementation and execution of projects.
Information about permissions and legality of real estate projects.
Knowing about illegal encroachments for any premises.
Finding out the admission criteria of IIM and IITs or any competitive exam conducted by a government body or a Public sector unit(PSU).
Seeking the status of or reasons for delay in filing FIRs.
Rechecking of papers, delay in results/issue of certificate by universities.
Well, there are lot more situations where the Right to Information Act 2005 RTI can help; but you must got the basic idea by now, right?
Things to Remember When Filing an RTI Application:
There are a number of things that have to be remembered while filing an RTI application, such as:
Clearly mention the name of the department from which information is required
Make sure to address the application to the correct person
What should be written in the application so as to seek exact and clear information
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