In a given Public Authority, there may be several Public Information Officers & First Appellate Authorities,
And therefore, a PIO, in his response to a RTI Application, should inform a RTI Applicant about the particulars of the correct & concerned First Appellate Authority.
But in case a PIO does not do so, then a RTI Applicant should file a First Appeal, as follows:
1. Visit the Public Authority's website and try and look for the details of the concerned First Appellate Authority (FAA) under RTI link, especially in section 4 declaration.
2. If despite reasonable efforts, one is not able to find the details of the correct FAA, then one should file a first appeal, as given below:
> Attach a cover page on top of the First Appeal:
To,The Public Information Officer,Address,Dear Sir,Subject: Forwarding of the enclosed First Appeal to the concerned First Appellate Authority.Reference: RTI Application Dated: XXXX.With reference to the aforesaid RTI Application, I would like to draw your kind attention towards the provision ofsection 7(3)(b) read along with section 7(8)(iii) of the RTI Act, whereby, while responding to my RTI Application, you as a PIO were supposed to have provided the particulars of the FAA, but please note that you have not done so, and as such, you are hereby kindly requested to forward the enclosed first appeal to the concerned First Appellate Authority.Thanking you,Yours truly,RTI Appellant.
> Attach the First Appeal to the above cover page and address it as follows:To,The First Appellate Authority,c/o. The Public Information Officer,Address.