What are some of the shocking, weirdest, silliest RTI requests made in India?
As Abraham Lincoln said “Government is of the people, by the people, for the people”
The government is our servant and we have no duty to explain why we seek information from them. The government holds all the information in our behalf, in trust. Like a banker can’t ask you why you want to see your bank account statement, similarly the government can’t deny if you ask them how they are governing our country.
RTI applicants face the problem of language of reply, especially if the information is sought from other states. I had sought information from BBMP [municipalcorporation] Bengaluru and had requested that information be supplied in English. However, I received a reply in Kannada and I had to email to my relative to translate it.
I append below relevant extract from a judgment of High Court of Uttarakhand.
I infer that information supplied in language which the applicant does not underst
The Right to Information Act 2005 empowers every citizen to ask for information from Government Organisations. This information can be about your own personal case or more complex Government Policy. The Act also empowers us to take photocopies of the Government records and also online data in a form of CD. However, often PIO being Government Servant who perhaps is also the custodian of the information has a conflict of interest in giving out such information.
Every Government Official at on
I have compiled guidelines to be followed while undertaking inspection of records under RTI. The same is attached herewith.
GUIDELINES FOR INSPECTION UNDER RTI
1. Even if you do not desire to carry out an actual inspection of records, invariably request as under in RTI application:
This will have deterring effect on PIO against providing false information.
2. If you are not very conversant with the language of record or have any other disability, please also add the follow
1. Provisions in a law cannot be read in isolation, but all the relevant provisions have to be read along with together, for its harmonious construction:
The basic principle to be followed in law, is that while interpreting any provision, it has be read along with all the other relevant & applicable provisions, for the correct interpretation of the provision in question.
Sec 7 (1) is relevant & applicable while interpreting sec. 7(9) and therefore both these provisions will hav
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In application form the preferred mode of receiving the required information by the applicant and the cost involved are not provided. In such case in which mode can we expect (registered post / ordinary post / by hand)?:rolleyes:
The CIC (management) Regulations 2007 says that
"Before submitting an appeal or complaint to the Commission, the appellant or the complainant shall cause a copy of the appeal or complaint, as the case may be, to be served on the CPIO/PIO and the Appellate Authorities and shall submit a proof of such service to the Commission".
Is is mandatory for the appellant to send the copies of the appeal or complaint to the PIO and the AA before submitting the appeal to the CIC. and also does one have
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Private shipping company is not a public authority. Private entities are beyond ambit of RTI Act. As per Delhi HC judgment, such details can be obtained through process of court. However an attempt can be made for obtaining such application on life and liberty clause, in larger public interest from IT dept., if the wife is abandoned and not receiving maintenance stating such reasons.
Instances that involve disclosure of sensitive information, it may be rationale for the CPIO to ask for citizenship proof
Information Commissioner Divya Prakash Sinha held that seeking citizenship proof in case of demand of sensitive information is justified but seeking a signed copy of the application does not seem appropriate as the online portal does not mandate uploading of signatures.
Sinha was hearing the plea of an Odisha-based RTI applicant who had sought from the Army information regarding implementation of rules under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 in all defence establishments.
The Army did not provide any information to the applicant, the CIC noted. Akhand approached the Commission with a complaint that the central public information officer (CPIO) of the Army has demanded a signed copy of his online RTI application as well as identity proof before providing him the records.
“In this regard, it may be noted that as far as CPIO’s request for citizenship proof is concerned, the same is not questioned as Commission in its prior decision(s) has held the view that Armed Forces stand on a slightly different footing as there may be instances that involve disclosure of sensitive information, and for such reasons it may be rationale for the CPIO to ask for citizenship proof,” Sinha noted.
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