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I want to inspect some documents under RTI. Is there any time limit for allowing reqd inspection or the concerned PIO can stretch it to one hr before closing of the 30th day's office time.Reg

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Prasad GLN

First you have to file RTI Application and PIO has to respond and may communicate two alternate days for inspection, you may confirm one day and even time. Inspection has to be arranged in mutually convenient time/day for both applicant and to PIO.

After filing RTI Application, please select a good and good mannered companion and seek permission for assistance in writing to PIO well in advance.

Download the blog of How to conduct inspection from the portal by Shri JP Shah and prepare well. Behave politely, focus on securing inspection, co-operate with PIO and get work done smoothly.

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Inspections can be done during office hours. The public authority cannot unreasonably restrict inspection timings to one hour earlier to office working hours. Any such restriction should be based on public policy.


Also please refer :

How to inspect under rti ?[h=3]What Procedure to Follow? File Inspection[/h][h=3]Assistance in Inspection - Blogs[/h][h=3]What Questions to ask? Inspection of Files and take a copy[/h]

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Inspection need not be permitted within the 30days available to PIO u/s 7(1) PIO can inform the applicant on the 30th day giving some date within next 15 to 30 days asking RTI applicant to inspect during office hours and you cannot prompt the PIO to fix a date of your choice

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Inspection need not be permitted within the 30days available to PIO u/s 7(1) PIO can inform the applicant on the 30th day giving some date within next 15 to 30 days asking RTI applicant to inspect during office hours and you cannot prompt the PIO to fix a date of your choice


"Inspection" is also "information", as defined in Sec 2(f) read along with Sec 2(i) and 2(j).


Therefore "inspection" also has to be facilitated within the 30 day time limit given in Sec 7(1).


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Prasad GLN

Either applicant or PIO can propose dates for inspection, and it should be mutually agreed date and timing. Generally PIO proposes two dates. Even applicant can propose two dates and timings in his RTI Application.

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