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CIC: Proper reply was not provided to the appellant by quoting Sec 8(1)(j) & 8(1)(g) exemptions which are not applicable as the appellant wanted information pertaining to herself - CIC passed stricture against the GM, FCI for quoting inappropriate section     Right to Information Act 2005    CIC: Though there was a delay in delivery of information, but it cannot be concluded that there was any malafide intention on the part of the Respondents to obstruct free flow of information - CIC: Respondents cautioned to exercise due care in future     Right to Information Act 2005    CIC: The documents sought by the Appellant are documents of commercial bid, the agreement & bank guarantee both of which are not exempt; Technical bid may not be provided if it is not available in public domain     Right to Information Act 2005    CIC: There is complete negligence and laxity in the public authority in dealing with the RTI applications - CIC: It is abundantly clear that such matters are being ignored and set aside without application of mind which reflects disrespect towards RTI Act     Right to Information Act 2005    Appellant was not pressing the matter further as he was satisfied with the information provided & his grievance was redressed - CIC: The framework of the RTI Act restricts the jurisdiction of the CIC to provide a ruling on the issues pertaining to access     Right to Information Act 2005    CIC: As per Section 4, all CDPOs of ICDS project all over the country to voluntarily publish the month-wise expenditure incurred for functioning & maintenance of Anganwadi centres, names of the beneficiaries, details of benefits regularly on their website     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    There are a host of issues for law students to do research in respect of the RTI Act, 2005     Right to Information Act 2005    Proposal to amend the RTI Act to vary the salaries payable to the Information Commissioners     Right to Information Act 2005    Section 8 (1)(j) of the RTI Act to be amended by the Personal Data Protection Act, 2018     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.