RTI application should not be filed merely by the designation
Ref: State PCB denies information to a village sarpanch under RTI
Comment: Sarpanch is technically wrong in requesting information as Sarpanch. He should have asked as a citizen.
However, Section 5(3) says "(3) Every Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, shall deal with requests from persons seeking information and render reasonable assistance to the persons seeking such information."
Section 6(1) also requires "A person, who desires to obtain any information under this Act, shall make a request in writing or through electronic means in English or Hindi or in the official language of the area in which the application is being made, accompanying such fee as may be prescribed, ....."
So any person can seek information, but he must disclose his name and contact particulars while seeking information.