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


Appellant: Certified copy of the complaint and copies of the proceedings were denied by NHRC u/s 8(1)(j) - CIC: Information relates to personal information of a third party, the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public interest; Denial upheld     Right to Information Act 2005    Applicant filed 92 RTIs applications and appeals - Regarding the issue of filing multiple RTI applications, the CIC referred to the SC decision CBSE v. Aditya Bandopadhyay and Ors - CIC: Furnish the certified copy of Enquiry Report to the Appellant     Right to Information Act 2005    Information regarding complaints received in IIPS and MOHFW against Faculties etc. and reply given - CIC: There is complete negligence and laxity in dealing with the RTI applications; Penalty of Rs. 5,000/- each imposed on the past and incumbent PIO     Right to Information Act 2005    Appellant sought the caste of candidates recruited as Training Pilot claiming that Air India Ltd. did not conduct any caste verification & certain candidates have submitted fake caste certificates - CIC: Disclosure of caste details is exempt u/s 8(1)(j)     Right to Information Act 2005    Appellant sought information regarding his attendance register, salary slips etc. - Respondent: The Appellant was not their regular employee and his remuneration was paid by the contractor - CIC: Provide the copy of Appellant’s attendance details     Right to Information Act 2005    Action taken on a letter addressed to the HRD Minister was sought - CIC: The PIOs are required to provide information as per the availability of record; Provide complete notings in respect of the processing of the complaint and its present status     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    Whether NGOs substantially financed by the government be covered under RTI Act?     Right to Information Act 2005    Information about EVMs, VVPAT Units and SLUs should be provided to the citizens     Right to Information Act 2005    Power to regulate the tenure, salaries and allowances of Information Commissioners     Right to Information Act 2005   
Writing the Application

5. How should the drafting of the applicant be done?

Drafting of 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.
 

How to file a RTI application

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