A one stop destination for all Right to Information (RTI) matters
..
A one stop destination for all Right to Information (RTI) matters


PIO: The documents asked for are of more than 10 years which were held in the destruction board; A sincere effort was made to trace out the documents from old files - CIC: The delay in reply was due to negligence; A token penalty of Rs 2000/- imposed     Right to Information Act 2005    CIC: In case the appellant is a bidder and entitled to witness the price bid at the time of opening the said bid, the comparative statement of the price bid should be provided to the appellant after following severability; Warning to the CPIO     Right to Information Act 2005    PIO: Information regarding lawful interception was exempt from disclosure u/s 8(1)(a), 8(1)(g) and 8(1)(h) of the RTI Act; Records destroyed in 6 months as per Indian Telegraph Rules, 1951 - CIC found no reason to intervene in this matter     Right to Information Act 2005    Information about recruitment to the post of Primary Teacher at Air Force School, Sarsawa was denied claiming that it is not a public authority u/s 2(h) - Appellant submitted that she was appointed as a Teacher & was wrongly removed - CIC upheld the order     Right to Information Act 2005    Transfer of application u/s 6(3) - CIC: Appropriate response as per the provisions of the RTI Act has been provided and the Respondent is not obliged to transfer the RTI application to the State Government as per the DoPT OM 10/2/2008-IR dated 12.06.2008     Right to Information Act 2005    CIC: PIO is not required to give his own judgments on the issue; PIO has deliberately not taken any assistance u/s 5(4) from the FAA with malafide intention of not providing the relevant information - CIC: Penalty of Rs. 1000/- u/s 20(1) of the RTI Act     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    Entries in Birth and Death Register are public documents and cannot be termed a 'Third Party Information'     Right to Information Act 2005    Karnataka HC: Provide copy of report with enclosures when the investigation in the matter had been concluded     Right to Information Act 2005    Papers containing details of the operations launched by Indian Defence Forces in J&K in 1947     Right to Information Act 2005   
FAQ for PIO

Frequently asked questions for Public Information Officer
What powers does the RTI Act, 2005 provide to a citizen?
How should the term ‘substantial’ be interpreted in substantial financing?
Are the Non Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) and other Private organizations covered under the RTI Act?
Are different offices of an organization different Public authority?
What should be the frequency of training the PIO and Appellate Authority?
Who is a Transparency Officer
In which language can the application be filed before a PIO?
In which language is the PIO expected to reply to the RTI application?
What are the essential requirements of an application filed before a PIO?
Can a PIO ask for proof of citizenship from an applicant?
Should a PIO accept an application filed by a director on behalf of a company? Or can an individual file an application on behalf of an association?
How much fee is to be paid in respect of the public authorities belonging to the Central government?
Should the application fee be in favour of the PIO?
What are the modes of payment of the fee which should be accepted by a PIO?
Can a PIO demand the postal charges or the cost of compilation of information from the applicant?
Who is the ‘concerned’ PIO to whom an application should be filed?
Is the PIO expected to provide answers to all the questions in an application?
When should ‘Inspection’ be allowed by the PIO?
What should a PIO do if an applicant seeks copies of the records which have been destroyed?
Can a public authority use an advocate during the proceedings of the RTI Act?
Can any action be taken against a PIO if he has provided excess information or under information?
If the PIO has provided excess information or under information, can a request for imposition of penalty be made before the Information Commission?
How should a PIO deal with applicants who repeatedly file applications?
How should an application be processed by a PIO?
What is the role of a First Appellate Authority (FAA) under the RTI Act?
Is a First Appellate Authority (FAA) expected to give a personal hearing in every case?
Can a First Appellate Authority (FAA) review its own order?
What is third party information?
Can a Public Authority be considered as a third party?
Can a public authority file an appeal?
If a citizen seeks information which is forbidden by other rules or Acts, what should a PIO do?
How should a PIO deal with applications seeking voluminous information?
What are the conditions in which the information can be denied by a PIO?
What is a fiduciary relationship?
How can a PIO avoid penalty proceedings?
When can the compensation be claimed?
What are the common ways of misuse of the RTI Act which a PIO may encounter?
How should a PIO / public authority deal with cases of misuse or vexatious applications?