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


The complainant was informed that the records relating to his representation are not traceable - CIC: In the absence of any malafide intention, it would not be appropriate to initiate any action for imposition of penalty on the PIO for the delay in reply     Right to Information Act 2005    Information pertaining to printing of new Rs. 500 and Rs. 2000 notes was denied u/s 8(1)(a) - CIC: Respondent had made an error of judgement, but the due information was provided to the appellant subsequently - CIC: No further intervention is required     Right to Information Act 2005    IPO payment of Application fee was in favour of Accounts officer - CBSE: Since the IPO was not drawn in favour of the Secretary, hence no information was provided - CIC: Regulations of CBSE cannot prevail over the rules made under the RTI Act, 2005     Right to Information Act 2005    Outcome of Income Tax investigation - CIC: The broad outcome of the investigation should be disclosed to the appellant as soon as the investigation is completed - whether the allegations made in the TEP are fully true, partially true or untrue     Right to Information Act 2005    CIC: Dissemination of the guidelines relating to grant of Certificate of Registration to Securitization companies etc. would not only helps the prospective applicants to access information, but would also enhance transparency in the grant of CoRs     Right to Information Act 2005    Information in respect of reasons for delay in receiving study material, total number of employees in IGNOU etc. were sought - CIC cautioned the PIO to exercise due care in future to ensure that complete information is furnished timely to RTI applicant     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    Inquiry held and the action taken by the Government following the Mumbai attack     Right to Information Act 2005    Union Ministry of Defence directed to disclose Joint Operational Doctrines under the RTI Act     Right to Information Act 2005    There are a host of issues for law students to do research in respect of the RTI Act, 2005     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.