Transparency is the essence of a democratic nation and certain elements such as corruption and unaccountability prevent a nation from being truly democratic. Under the Right to Information Act 2005, every Indian citizen has the right to demand valuable information from the government. Information such as allocation of funds for a project, streetlights, irrigation etc. can be asked by filing an RTI.
It is mandatory for the government to respond to your query and the government authority will be penalized if it refuses to respond to an RTI Application. However, filing an RTI is not that easy, as it may sound. It is a complicated process which involves a number of steps and if you fail to file an RTI correctly, your application will be rejected.
Have a look at the points mentioned below to find out about the various problems encountered while filing an RTI.
Problems to Tackle while Filing an RTI Application
- Different States have Different Rules
The RTI is applicable in all states of India except for the states of Jammu and Kashmir. Each state has its own set of rules while implementing the Right to Information Act 2005.
Things like - the language in which the application has to be written, the application fees, the format of writing an RTI Application is different in all states. It is not necessary that one central rule will be followed by every state. Not complying to the rules of the state will lead to rejection of your RTI Application.
- Choice of Questions
This is perhaps the most challenging part of an RTI Application. Special care has to be taken while framing the questions; the wrong question can lead to rejection of your application. It is very important that the questions are asked in a simple and direct manner, so that the person who receives the application understands the questions in a glance.
For example: You wish to enquire about the construction of a bridge which has been going on for months. In such a scenario, it would be improper to ask...
"Why is the bridge not completed yet?" or “Are there corrupt practices going on in the construction of the bridge?” ...
Apart from being rude, both these questions are unclear as to the information that is being demanded from the authority. The most appropriate question to ask at such a time will be…
"When will the said construction project be completed" or if your concern is corruption, the question should be “What is the allocated budget for this project?” “Who has been allotted the project and what is the deadlines?”...
It is always advised that one should file multiple RTIs in case they wish to seek answers for more than one question.
- Finding the correct department
You need to be very clear about the department you need to address your query too. For instance road repairs queries you might have to file the request with the municipal corporation of your area, but maybe for a flyover being constructed - the query might pertain to the regional development authorities office and not the municipal office.
Also for certain queries you need to address the RTI to the central government departments as the state departments do not have the required authority.
Thus identifying the correct department at times poses a challenge.
- Addressing the Application to the Correct Person
If your RTI Application doesn’t reach the correct person, it will simply be rejected. Upon enquiring about the status of your RTI, you will get the response that your application had not been addressed to the correct authority, therefore it has been rejected.
You will then have to repeat the entire process in order to address the application to the correct person.
- Payment Method
Filing an RTI is not free of cost; there is some application fee that has to be paid while filing an RTI. However, each state differs in terms of acceptance of application fees. Some states demand cash payment while others will demand a draft and so on. Hence, the application fee has to be attached according to the rules of the state.
Moreover, the costs for an RTI application in every state too differs from Rs. 8 to Rs. 50 in some cases. Plus there are multiple fees in case you need documents copies etc.
So, then how do you file an RTI? Is there a less technical and much simpler and faster way?
Yes! There is...
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