A one stop destination for all Right to Information (RTI) matters
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A one stop destination for all Right to Information (RTI) matters


Details of action taken on the communications details and certain bills was not given - FAA failed to pass a speaking order - CIC: A final opportunity is given to the PIO to take corrective steps and provide a final point-wise reply to the appellant     Right to Information Act 2005    Information about a Cabinet Note on Pay Commission - Basis on which OM about dearness allowance was issued was denied as being secret - CIC severely admonished the PIO and issued a strict warning to ensure to acquaint himself well with the RTI provisions     Right to Information Act 2005    Time barred appeal - Second appeal has been filed after a period of 02 years and 10 months from the date of filing of the first appeal without any valid reason explaining the delay - CIC: The case is time barred under section 19(3) of the RTI Act     Right to Information Act 2005    CIC: Information regarding PPO issued in respect of Pre 2016 pensioner whose pension has been revised with reference to F.D. Fir. letter 22372016-lPension (FD) is personal information of third party; It is exempt from disclosure u/S 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act     Right to Information Act 2005    Information about an investigation was denied u/s 8(1)(e) of RTI Act without justification - During hearing, the PIO explained the applicability of Section 8(1)(e) which was accepted by the CIC with advice to PIO to handle the RTI applications properly     Right to Information Act 2005    Can two lady doctors do ultrasound test of an male patient in absence of a male attendant? - PIO: Only such information can be provided which is available and existing - CIC: Application consists of questions rather than information as defined in RTI Act     Right to Information Act 2005    Vijai Sharma and K V Chowdary appointed as CIC and CVC respectively     Right to Information Act 2005    Is the Mysore Police Commissioner’s office coming up without plan approval?     Right to Information Act 2005    No action taken against the illegal massage parlours or spas in Goa     Right to Information Act 2005    Are there norms about the fee a school should charge and the facilities it offers?     Right to Information Act 2005    There is only 1 primary health centre per 28 villages of UP     Right to Information Act 2005    Services of all OSDs / Consultants terminated by Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai     Right to Information Act 2005    Is a reply to a RTI application admissible in a court of law as evidence?     Right to Information Act 2005    Analysis of the Central Information Commission’s (CIC) Annual Report for the year 2020-21     Right to Information Act 2005    Fate of the complaint filed before the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir Human Rights Commission     Right to Information Act 2005   
FAQ

Is the PIO expected to provide answers to all the questions in an application?

A PIO is expected to provide ‘information’ as defined under section 2(f) of the RTI Act and not answer the questions of the applicant.

An information-seeker can’t demand from a public authority its opinion or seek its advice in a matter of the petitioner’s interest. A PIO is not expected to provide intangible such as interpretations, opinions, advices, explanations, reasons as they cannot be said to be included in the definition of information in Section 2 (f) of the RTI Act. The reasons available on record should be provided and the PIO is not expected to post–facto create reasons.

The Act does not permit raising imaginary question and expecting the PIO to find answers for them. The PIO is not expected to confirm or deny some perception of the appellant, which he has about a particular set of information.

Information, which is not compiled and maintained by a public authority, nor is expected to be maintained during the routine course of business, cannot be furnished.

The RTI Act does not require a PIO to generate information, in the form of documents or in electronic form, for satisfying an applicant. The information has to be provided as is available with the public authority.

In many cases, it may be open to debate whether an information sought amounts to opinion/ interpretation / explanation / compilation etc. or not. Therefore, a PIO should exercise due caution while drafting a reply to avoid any lapse. A regular reading of issues relating to RTI like those appearing on this site would come handy in taking a reasoned view.