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 pertaining to the credit facilities sanctioned to M/s Apex Encon Projects Pvt. Ltd. & E-Auction was denied u/s 8(1)(j) - CIC: It pertains to the personal information of a third party; disclosure has no relationship to any public interest     Right to Information Act 2005    Information in the context of a fax message of Naval Selection Board for transfer of a Scientist ‘B’ & action taken on it was denied u/s 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act - The CIC did not find any aspect of public interest in the arguments of the Appellant     Right to Information Act 2005    CIC: FAA to inquire into the matter of the ‘missing’ RTI application to ascertain whether the RTI application was actually not received or the PIO had taken a plea to deny information to the appellant; If required, appropriate action against the officials     Right to Information Act 2005    Information points pertaining to failed ATM transaction & reasons for non-compliance of RBI Directives - CIC: Information pertaining to names, designations & nature of duties discharged by government officials cannot be classified as personal information     Right to Information Act 2005    CBDT: There were a large number of issues in handling the online RTI applications due to technical problems & unskilled manpower required to be addressed for effective functioning of the RTI mechanism - CIC cautioned the PIO and did not impose a penalty     Right to Information Act 2005    PIO forwarded the complainant’s RTI application under a bona fide belief that a reply in this regard would be provided by the Company - CIC: There was no conscious or deliberate attempt by the respondent to withhold or deny information to the complainant     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    Inquiry held and the action taken by the Government following the Mumbai attack     Right to Information Act 2005    Union Ministry of Defence directed to disclose Joint Operational Doctrines under the RTI Act     Right to Information Act 2005    There are a host of issues for law students to do research in respect of the RTI Act, 2005     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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