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The consumer protection act provides right to information as one of its rights. Can a person who applies for information under RTI be considered a consumer.

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Prasad GLN

RTI applicant is not a consumer as decided by full bench of NCDRC and no forum permits even filing of complaint in the forum.  The most contributed thread in the forum is on this issue and go through all efforts made and how SC has not even entertained RP against NCDRC decision.

RTI applicant is not a consumer.

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sppataskar

As per definition of CP Act, the RTI Applicant is a consumer, no doubt. Cases were also  decided by District Consumer Forums & NCDRC. It is a fact that all efforts made and how SC has not even entertained RP against NCDRC decision. Finally the SC has rejected the Appellant's plea against NCDRC.

But pending all this, it is surprising that the Karnataka State Information Commission and A.P. Information Commissions have issued instructions in the year 2011 and 2012 to the State Consumer Redressal Forms of Karnataka & A.P. "not to entertain RTI Petitions under CP Act' and on the basis of these instructions, the District Consumers Redressal forums in these States are not entertaining the  RTI Petitions under CP Act, 1986.  .

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