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 grant of Honorary rank to Shri Sachin Tendulkar and the reasons for his ineligibility for grant of honorary Commission - CIC: In case any such repeated second appeal or complaint is filed, the same shall be dismissed in limine     Right to Information Act 2005    Copies of Resolution dated 01.04.1963 issued for the constitution of CBI & file notings were denied as secret - CIC: Secret is not a valid exemption under RTI Act; PIO to appear on 16.12.2020 to show cause as to why penalty should not be imposed u/s 20     Right to Information Act 2005    Whether the recommendations of CSB were placed before the ACC and its decision - CIC: Information sought pertains to a decision which the PIO could not ascertain from the available records; It was not appropriate for the FAA to have invoked Sec. 8(1)(i)     Right to Information Act 2005    Multiple RTI Applications - CIC: Even if the complainant had filed 47 RTI applications, it is the duty of the PIO under the provisions of the RTI Act to dealt each application separately & give reply to the RTI applicants after proper application of mind     Right to Information Act 2005    Copies of guidelines by the Government of India and CBI as regards the policy parameters for initiation and acceptance of CBI enquiry in matters related with the Central or State Government - CIC: Appellant could not substantiate allegations of corruption     Right to Information Act 2005    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    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    PM-KISAN beneficiary data gives opportunity to examine the situation of farmers     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   
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?