Guide to drafting a good RTI application
Drafting a good RTI application can be as easy as writing a simple leave letter. As long as the applicant knows the basics of the RTI Act 2005, drafting an application, requesting for information from any public authority, is little more than child’s play.
Your full name and address have to mentioned in the application. If you so wish, you can also mention your telephone number and email id, although this is optional.
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.
How many times have you been asked to inspect the document when you have never requested? Ideally, if you have not applied for inspection of the document and the information requested is not voluminous, PIO should not ask the applicant to come for inspection of the document.
PIO Acts that makes you hate RTI ACT
But naturally, it is not the way. It is an easy way for PIO to first
Get to know who is an actual RTI Applicant
Intimidate the applicant by various means
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
WHY DO INFORMATION COMMISSIONERS NOT IMPOSE PENALTY?
ICs are under the wrong impression that it is their discretion to levy or not to levy penalty at their will. In fact, once the breach of RTI Act is committed and not reasonably explained, the penalty must follow.
ICs are afraid because if they levy penalties, the serving govt officers may dig out their [ICs] misdoings when ICs were in service and ICs may have to face investigating agencies post-retirement.
ICs want to fo
In 2008 release of adhoc promotion was given to me as per the Judgement in Writ no. 1614 of 2008 and I was given the copy of the note approved by CMD as information sought under RTI. Now on getting acquitted in 2014 the Bank did not release the promotion held in sealed cover since 1993 as per the set procedure which was against the judgment of 2008. This forced me to file a Contempt of Court writ in October, 2015 which is pending for hearing. Threatened by the said Writ, the Bank released the pr
I am unable to get the conditions prescribed by GoI and GoTamil Nadu to declare a person is economically backward. There is Below poverty line crieteria fixed by the State and Central Govt. TN state issues caste certificate and income certificate through online application. Filing RTI ad general represenation did not give any result. Can any one help to get the conditions and money income for economically backward by GoI and other states ?
VERIFICATION OF MARK SHEET /CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY EDUCATION INSTITUTES
Respected members of the group, after pursuing a degree with hefty sum, time comes when we fell doubt in the genuineness of certificates/mark sheets issued by university. Here is collection of certain Universities and procedure to be followed for verification of Mark sheets /Certificates issued by respective University.
*All documents pertaining to various University are attached herewith
AIM OF BLOG: As certain people of this forum have doubt about issues related to Driving License. This blog will be helpful for them to a great extent. In this blog one will get the procedure for the following details:
(a) ISSUE OF NEW DRIVING LICENSE
(b) ISSUE OF DUPLICATE IN CASE OF LOSS/THEFT ETC
Form for Driving License
Form 1. = Self-declaration of Medical fitness.
Form 1A = Medical certificate (Required in case of commercia
sir, how to go ahead if time limit for appeal is not adhered to by applicant due to unavoidable circumstances? due to recent situations in Tamil Nadu since an year due to rain havoc, poilitical disturbances etc,, the entire system seems to be sleeping. how to wake it up? even i wrote a letter to the concerned pio, that if not willing to reply to kindly return my application. can i go in consumer forum for lack of service? please advise. thanking you..
Thank You G.L.N Prasad and Raveena Madam for the initial support.
I highly appreciate it!!!
Railway board has officially declared that in the case of spouse ground (and others), 5 years service period is not mandatory.
Although, I had not received the RTI reply till now.
Thanks alot RTI India forum.
Please find out the details of Approval of University and study centres for conducting various courses under Correspondence/distance or Regular mode. While checking validation check for Year of validation and courses for which approval has been given to that university by UGC/DEB to conduct the said course at study centres. Before taking admission check for approval status of study centre too.
Details in the Blog:
(i)Approval to universities to conduct courses in correspondence/Distanc
Respected members of the group, After pursuing a degree with hepty sum, time comes when we fell doubt in the genuinity of certificates/marksheets issued by university. Here is collection of Universities and procedure to be followed for verification of Marksheets/Certificates issued by Respective University.
Here is also a special link to consulate General of India Dubai www.cgidubai.org for job aspirants going abroad(Dubai) for verification of certificates/marksheets and procedure.
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has greeted teachers throughout the country on the eve of Teachers’ Day.
In a message, the President has said, “On the occasion of Teachers’ Day, I have great pleasure in extending my greetings and felicitations to teachers throughout the country.
Teachers’ Day is an occasion when we recognise the dedicated services of the teachers of our nation, who are engaged in building and strengthening the intellectual and ethical fou
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will release success stories of Right to Information Act, during a Programme to be held in October, to mark over 10 years of implementation of the transparency law enacted by the UPA government.
The RTI Act, which was enacted in 2005, mandates time- bound reply to citizens query on governance related matters.
The Department of Personnel and Training, which acts as nodal authority for the RTI Act, today wrote to chief of Administrative Training Institute
A lady from my village has filed a false case against me in BAR court and paid bribe of Rs 22000 to ASI Karan Singh and constable Nirmal Singh . As these are investigating officer.
They filed charge sheet against me as I have not paid bribe. Knowing that I am a defence person and will hardly get any time to follow day today status of case.
Sir , even I submitted a recording to SHO Ras in which son of opposite party accepted there mistake but latter on his son joined in fillin
ONE SRI TAPAN DAS OF DHEKIAJULI WARD NO. 3 FILED AN RTI APPLICATION AT THE DHEKIAJULI MUNICIPALITY BOARD SEEKING THE DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED BY THE OWNER OF THE LAXMI RICE MILL FOR GETTING PERMISSION TO ESTABLISH A RICE MILL IN THE THICKLY RESIDENTIAL AREA OF MANOJULI, DHEKIAJULI. BUT THE PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER OF DHEKIAJULI MUNCIPALITY BOARD DID NOT FURNISHED THE INFORMATION TO THE RTI APPLICANT IN THE STIPULATED TIME PERIOD. THEREFORE THE RTI APPLICANT FILED AN APPLICATION TO THE STATE
Gujarat Information Commission has change the Location New Address is below:
GUJARAT INFORMATION COMMISSION,
State Level Offices Block No. 1 Second Floor, Sector-10 A, Gandhinagar-382010
TEL : +91 79 232 52706, 52966, Fax No: 52829
Web Site : htpp://gic.gujarat.gov.in
Names/Designations of the Public Information Officer & Appellate Officer
Public Relations Officer & Section Officer
Name: Mr. J. A. Saiyad
Phone No. 079-232-
We must know our Hon'ble Member of Parliament daily routine. But unfortunately, you may not get that information from MP Office. They do not come under Right to Information Act.
But yes, you can get the details of the work Member of Parliament has undertaken by various means. Here are few:
1. Request General Administrative Department of the State Government to give you all the correspondence an MP has written to State Government for his constituency related work. You can get the reply
In Nagpur (Maharashtra), one pre-primary i.e. Nursery to KG-II convent is started in residential area of Nagpur Improvement Trust which later on upgraded up-to 5 th standered. Now this school named Shishuspandan Convent is now become school from nursery to 5 th std. This school has only four class rooms without sufficient ventilation, no sufficient play ground, no emergency existence etc . In short this school is not as per the norms. This school cum residence has common wall with
Haryana Govt has amended RTI rules from 18-03-2016 and revised rules are as under:
HARYANA RIGHT TO INFORMATION RULES 2009 AMEDNDED 2016
[2005 rules replaced by 2009 on 21-12-2009 effective from 01-01-2010]
[Again amended on 18-03-2016 –filing fee reduced to Rs.10/-, CD Rs.50 and inspection first hour free and thereafter Rs.5/- per hour or part thereof beyond first hour]
The rules provide for a format for application under RTI Act called Form-A, which
Dear Learned Members,
Kindly help me draft a RTI on the following matter:-
There's a culvert situated near a railway crossing and it is in a dilapidated condition in my town, the culvert causes immense traffic jams during railway crossing as it was built 3-4 decades ago, the width is not idle to bear the heavy traffic of present day. Everyday there's a risk of fatal mishap owing to the jams.
Few days back I met the Engineer in Charge (PWD) of the area, questioning him the reason fo
A Reserve Bank of India was not replying to me for 6 months. I sent him the enclosed decision of Delhi High Court , on damages on Govt. Officials for inaction, and the reply came in 1 day.
We should circulate this decision widely to all members so that all can take advantage of this decision.
I wish all the members of this community a very happy and prosperous new year 2016.
Although I am appearing before you after a long gap due to some personal problems but ultimately I realized the implementation and efforts for saving the golden law is very much essential from our side. So, on this new year 2016; I hope, expect and trust that we will fight against the forces who were adamant to snatch the golden law from citizenry. Let us pledge to work hard to propagate the RTI Act.