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CIC: Respondent to endorse a copy of their written submission sent to the CIC to the Appellant, as well - CIC: All submissions placed before the CIC should invariably be endorsed to the Appellant beforehand unless otherwise notified as “Confidential”     Right to Information Act 2005    Copy of proposal sent from Ministry of Coal for post facto sanction of Additional Charge of Commissioner was sought - CIC took grave exception to the fact that no reply was provided; CPIO cannot absolve himself from the responsibility of replying to RTI     Right to Information Act 2005    Information regarding certified copy of the balance sheet, P/L Account etc. of Cambata Aviation Pvt. Ltd. was denied u/s 8(1)(j) - CIC cannot be a mute spectator to the pitiable conditions being faced by the employees; Provide point wise information     Right to Information Act 2005    CIC: Lt. Col. JS Brar, PIO is severely warned to exercise due caution in future in matters of RTI Act; Denial of information u/s 8(1)(j) is completely inappropriate - CIC: Provide specific and available information as sought in the RTI Application     Right to Information Act 2005    Due to clerical error, an amount of Rs. 30,000/- was withdrawn from the appellant’s bank account - CIC: PIO rendered unconditional apology for taking more than 5 days in transferring the RTI application - CIC took a lenient view & counselled the PIO     Right to Information Act 2005    CIC: ONGC to comply with the provisions of Section 6 (3) of the RTI Act & transfer the application to the Competent Authority - CIC instructed the ONGC to convene periodic seminars to educate the officials about the relevant provisions 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    When shall the Whistleblowers Protection Act be implemented?     Right to Information Act 2005    How much respect should the order of the Supreme Court command?     Right to Information Act 2005    Can a Court disallow what an officer can permit under the RTI Act?     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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