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


CIC: RTI Applications are being filed for seeking clarifications on various policy matters of the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks - CIC: Relevant information can be placed in the public domain as per suo motu disclosure     Right to Information Act 2005    Recruitment to the post of Scientist B and Scientific/ Technical Assistant A by NIELIT - CIC: Reply incomplete as no exemption clause claimed u/s 8 - CIC: Guidelines & instructions issued for conduct of an examination and cannot be termed as confidential     Right to Information Act 2005    Information regarding cost analysis of Cement and Steel produced in India - PIO was not able to locate the holder of information - CIC: Unless PIO is certain as to who is the custodian, he cannot transfer the RTI application to any other public authority     Right to Information Act 2005    LPG benefits under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana - PIO: It does not pertain to RL Division - CIC: The PIO should have transferred the application to the holder of the information u/s 6(3), or obtained the information by taking assistance u/s 5(4)     Right to Information Act 2005    Reasons for not auctioning the property seized by SEBI and the likely date of auction - PIO: Clarification is not information u/s 2(f) - CIC: Appellant is investor in the said company, therefore he has a right to know the status of these seized properties     Right to Information Act 2005    Information about various Regulatory State Council (Medical, Dental, Nursing & Physiotherapy) - CIC: No reply has been provided by the then PIO or FAA; It is disappointing to note the utter disregard towards the provisions of the RTI Act; SCN for penalty     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    Providing copy of “Inter-Caste Marriage” certificates tantamounts to providing third party information     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   
FAQ

How to draft an application?

The choice of words in raising the queries is very important. An analysis of the disposal of the past applications shows that wrongly worded applications may lead to confusion resulting into delay or denial of information. Therefore, an applicant should be careful while penning an application.

A few suggestions are:

  1. Application should be in a simple and easy language.
  2. Avoid using too technical terms or legal jargon.
  3. The application must be legible - either typed or neatly handwritten.
  4. The queries must be specific and to the point leaving no room for ambiguity. Vague questions may confuse the PIO leading to vague answers. Further, some PIOs may use it as an excuse to avoid giving specific information.
  5. If the applicant is not certain regarding which specific documents are required, he may first seek inspection of the record so as to identify the same.
  6. The length of the application should not be too long.
  7. The number of questions and sub-questions should be limited.
  8. As no additions can be made at the appellate level, all the information required should be sought at the time of making the initial application.
  9. The reasons for seeking exempted information claiming overriding Public Interest should be emphatically given in the application. Remember, the onus is on the applicant to prove that there is an overriding Public Interest.
  10. Unsubstantiated allegations or use of abusive language should not form a part of the application.