Step by step guide to file an RTI application

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If that’s the question on your mind, you are at the right place.

A lot of Indians have heard about RTI but are not very clear on what is RTI and what exactly is the meaning of RTI. It is not a very complex topic but due to lack of awareness, we get overwhelmed by the mention of it. RTI meaning is quite clear when you try to understand how to use it. In simple words, RTI means that any citizen of India can ask for any information which is supposed to be public knowledge. 

Right to Information Act has been implemented by the Government of India to provide a right to its citizens to ask the relevant questions to the Government and various public utility service providers, in a practical manner. This was done to replace the earlier Freedom of information Act of 2002. The primary objective was also to help citizens get faster service from government agencies, as they can now ask why is a certain application or a process being delayed; and mainly to fulfill the aim of a corruption free India.

Are you still wondering what is RTI? We are happy to explain further..

Under the RTI Act, any citizen can seek information from any public or government authority (however, it should not pertain to national security and defense or some personal information) and the authority is liable to respond within a period of 30 days to the application.

Now, the information disclosure in India is restricted by the Official Secrets Act of 1923 and various other special laws, but many of these have been relaxed in light of the the RTI act. 

The RTI act also requires all public authorities to have their records computerised for wide spread relay, such that requests for information by the citizens are processed faster because of information categorisation.

What Information can one seek under the RTI Act?

The RTI act allows any Indian citizen to seek answers from any Government authority. This could be even for things like a delayed IT refund, passport or a driving license, or details of an infrastructure or repairs project going on or completed. Even knowing the status of an FIR or the funds allocated to various government schemes, MP, MLA, PM relief fund etc. Students can even seek the copies of answer sheets from their Universities with this act.

The power of RTI and the applications are limitless. The idea is to ask the Right Questions!

Steps to file an RTI

1. For submitting RTI application click on submit request option.

2. On clicking on submit request option ‘Guideliens for use of RTI ONLINE PORTAL’ screen will be displayed. This screen contains various guidelines for using RTI online portal. Citizen has to click on the checkbox ‘I have read and understood the above guidelines’ and then click on submit button.

3. Then Online RTI Request Form screen will be displayed. Ministry or Department for which the applicant wants to file an RTI can be selected
from Select Ministry/Department/Apex body dropdown.

4. Applicant will receive sms alerts in case he/she provides mobile number. The fields marked * are mandatory while the others are optional.

5. If a citizen belongs to BPL category, he has to select the option ‘Yes’ in ‘Is the applicant below poverty line?’ field and has to upload a BPL card certificate in supporting document field. (No RTI fee is required to be paid by any citizen who is below poverty line as per RTI Rules, 2012)

6. On submission of the application, a unique registration number would be issued, which may be referred by the applicant for any references in future.

7. If a citizen belongs to Non BPL category, he has to select the option ‘No’ in ‘Is the applicant below poverty line?’ field and has to make a payment of Rs 10 as prescribed in the RTI Rules, 2012.

8. ‘Text for RTI request application’ should be upto 3000 characters. If the text is more than 3000 characters, then the application can be uploaded in supporting document field.

9. After filling all the details in the form, click on the ‘make payment’ option.

10. On clicking the option, Online Request Payment form will be displayed. The payment mode can be selected in this form, which can be; internet banking, ATM-cum-debit card or credit card.

11. After clicking on the ‘Pay’ button, applicant will be directed to SBI payment gateway for payment. After completing the payment process, applicant will be redirected back to RTI Online Portal.

12. The applicant will get an email and sms alert on submission of application.

Note: Only alphabets A-Z a-z number 0-9 and special characters , . – _ ( ) / @ : & \ % are allowed in text for RTI request application.

The application filed through this web portal would reach electronically to the nodal officer of concerned Ministry/Department, who would transmit the RTI application electronically to the concerned CPIO.

What do to if your RTI request is rejected?

There is fundamental difference between RTI Request and RTI Appeal.

RTI Request is filing application for the first time. Request is made by the citizen to one person (i.e. PIO) to provide information. This means that it involves only the citizen and PIO.

RTI Appeal is appeal before senior officer against decision of PIO. This means that here, a third person (i.e. Appellate Authority) comes between the citizen and the PIO.

Appeal is only filed when the citizen is not satisfied with the reply of PIO or PIO rejects citizen’s request for information.

This means RTI request is application process while RTI appeal is appellate procedure against decision on RTI application.

Steps for filing RTI First Appeal

1. For submitting First appeal application, click on ‘submit first appeal’ option. Upon clicking, ‘guidelines for use of RTI online portal’ screen will be displayed. This screen contains various guidelines for using RTI online portal.

2. Citizen has to click on the checkbox ‘I have read and understood the above guidelines’ and then click on submit button.

3. Online RTI first appeal form screen will be displayed. Applicant has to enter registration number, email ID and security code in the form.

4. Upon clicking the submit button, online RTI first appeal form will be displayed. The applicant can then select reason for filing appeal application from ‘ground for appeal’ dropdown field.

5. Text for RTI first appeal application should be upto 3000 characters. If the text is more than 3000 characters, then the application can be uploaded in supporting document field. (As per RTI Act, no fee has to be paid for first appeal).

6. On submission of the application, a unique registration number would be issued, which may be referred by the applicant for any references in future.

The application filed through this web portal would reach electronically to the nodal officer of concerned Ministry/Department, who would transmit the RTI application electronically to the concerned appellate authority.

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