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


Information regarding Aarogya Setu Data Access & Knowledge Sharing Protocol was sought - CIC: First appeal was not enclosed with complaint memo & might have been filed after the complaint was filed; This complaint cannot be converted into a second appeal     Right to Information Act 2005    Is an appellant is entitled to get a copy of the comparative statement of the tenderers for the aforesaid tender after its finalization? - CIC: Provide it after redacting the commercial /personal information of the bidders such as TIN no., PAN no. etc.     Right to Information Act 2005    ODI List - Information about number of officers in the ODI list, those exonerated, date of review meeting was denied u/s 8(1)(h) and 8(1)(j) - CIC: Disclosure would defeat the very purpose of surveillance conducted through the established procedure of ODI     Right to Information Act 2005    Web link of gazette notification was provided on request for a certified copy of UGC regulations making National Eligibility Test or PhD as minimum mandatory qualification for the appointment of lecturers - CIC: Providing certified copy is not mandatory     Right to Information Act 2005    Procedure adopted for the appointment of Professor - CIC: Providing a reply now after the hearing notice was received shows that the same could have been given on time; The deemed PIOs and FAA were not following the RTI Act; Strict warning issued     Right to Information Act 2005    Information specifically relating to the functioning of the HR department of the Enforcement Directorate wherein allegedly obtained wrongful employment was obtained by producing fake Handicapped Certificate - CIC: It pertains to corruption in the ED     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    HC: Penalty proceedings u/s 20 for non compliance of the order passed by the SIC     Right to Information Act 2005    Madras HC directs TN Public Service Commission to disclose the details of caste, including sub-caste     Right to Information Act 2005    A 2 million question! How can you seek answers for your problems using RTI Act?     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.