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Appellant: Investigation in the matter had concluded and the charge-sheet had been filed - CIC: If the matter has reached its conclusive end, the complete information shall be provided after applying due procedure as envisaged u/s 10 of the RTI Act     Right to Information Act 2005    PIO: An appropriate reply was sent to the appellant vide letter dated 28.09.2018 and FAA order dated 02.11.2018 - CIC: The despatch proof of the reply dated 28.09.2018 is essential, as the appellant contested the receipt of the reply, resend the same     Right to Information Act 2005    CIC: Provide copies of note sheet, correspondence relating to the award of tender to the appellant’s firm as well as regarding the decision of NTPC to ban business with his firm for three years after redacting the information exempt from disclosure     Right to Information Act 2005    Details of air travel done by the Vice Chancellor of IGNOU & the purpose was sought - The appellant was not present to demonstrate larger public interest in the present case - CIC: Information relates to personal information of third party; Denial upheld     Right to Information Act 2005    Information pertaining to the civil work done by M/s Progressive Engineers, Rourkela for HSCL, Rourkela Steel Plant was sought - CIC: No reply was given; Show cause notice issued why penal action under Section 20(1) of the RTI Act should not be initiated     Right to Information Act 2005    Information regarding disciplinary action seeking various stages of advice - CIC: There is no third party information; It is immaterial that Appellant was provided with the documents alongwith the charge sheet; Appellant has the right to seek it under RTI     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    Office of the Chief Justice of India is covered under the ambit of the RTI Act     Right to Information Act 2005    Government notifies amendment to RTI Rules in respect of the Information Commissioners     Right to Information Act 2005    Whether NGOs substantially financed by the government be covered under 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.