How can RTI be useful for Government Pensioners?

The Right to Information Act by the Government of India provides its citizens the right to ask the relevant questions to the Government and various public utility service providers. The primary objective was to get rid of certain corruption in India and to promote transparency in the government.

Under the RTI Act, any citizen can seek information, with the exception of privileged or confidential information, from any public or government authority and the authority is liable to respond within a period of 30 days to the application. In case of unsatisfactory or no response within the stipulated time, the applicant can also file an appeal to escalate the same. This includes grievances from any concerned authorities like Passport Office, police for FIRs, IT refunds, even government universities and examination boards, public welfare funds and even for government pensioners.

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To make the process easier for the applicants, RTI web portal www.rtionline.gov.in was launched with effect from 21st August, 2013 for allowing citizens to file online RTI applications and first appeals with the online payment facility for fees also. RTI online portal has provided the facility to citizens for filing applications and first appeals in Hindi language also for the convenience of citizens.

However, do note that the official portal only allows for RTIs to be filed for the Central Government.

The website clearly states that it will not accept RTIs for State Government, and they will be rejected if filed through this portal

OnlineRTI Form accepts RTIs for Central as well as all State Governments

Scope of RTI for Pensioners:

The Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare formulates policies relating to pension and other retirement benefits of Central Govt. Employees. The Central Pension Accounting Office, (which can be accessed here), lets citizens access their pension information and review details required. Similarly, state governments also maintain employee websites with allowances for pension information. They seek to promote welfare of pensioners and serve as a forum for the solutions of pensioners' grievances. They also have a time-to-time revision of the list of beneficiaries to avoid fake pension allowance or prevent pension being still sent to the deceased beneficiary accounts.

Sometimes, such revisions can go wrong and certain names in the list, could be wrongly added to the list of deceased beneficiaries, or the names may be accidentally omitted from the list. Also the widow pensions may not be received on time due to such mix ups.

In such cases, an application can be filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act of 2005 seeking to know the status of the beneficiary names and the pension and other required information.

Procedure for application: RTI for pensioners

You can check the basic procedure to fill out an RTI for pensioners here.

The application for RTI for Pension can be made to the Central Public Information Officer in writing on plain paper or by electronic means in either Hindi or English with specific required information particulars along with fees payable.

  • To check the RTI format in Hindi please click here.

  • To know the correct RTI format for application in English, visit here.

No fee is payable for people living below poverty line.

DO NOTE: An applicant making an information request is not required to give reason for request or any other personal details but for contact details.

For all pension related matters, the application filed by the applicant must contain the following particulars:

  1. Name and address of the applicant

  2. Pensioner’s PPO

  3. Name of the Bank/PDA

  4. Head of office where last served

  5. Last held rank

  6. Personal number/Contact details

Fee for obtaining information: An application fee of Rs.10 for obtaining information. Fee shall be charged for providing information as under: Rs.2 for each page in A4 or A3 size paper Actual charge of copy in larger size paper Actual price for samples or models For inspection of records, no fee for the first hour and a fee of rupees five for each subsequent hour or fraction thereof) No fee will be charged from people living below the poverty line Applicant would be provided information free of cost if the concerned agency fails to comply with the prescribed time limit.

Faster way to file RTI for pensioners to save time and effort

Visit OnlineRTI.com and let our team of RTI experts help you. We have helped file more than 2.5 lakh RTI applications for Indians.

We not only help you file RTI, but we help you do it in the simplest and fastest possible manner.

To file an RTI for Government Pensioners, all you need to do is fill a simple form with your:

  • name

  • contact details

  • address

  • submit

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Once you submit the form you can simply click and select the preset form for RTI for Pensions, and share the particulars regarding your application in simple words.

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That’s it! You don’t need to worry about the format or exact PIO to address. Just fill in your details and share your query.

Our team of RTI experts will get in touch with you and understand your concerns in complete detail and draft the RTI on your behalf. We will send it to you for your approval. Once you approve we will send it to the correct authorities, at the correct address.

The authorities will reply directly to you. You can also track the whole process on our website itself.

Everything will be done from the comforts of your home… You can be worry-free..

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