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Fee for providing information pursuing direction of State Information Commission West Bengal

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I received a letter from SPIO asking me to submit requites fee Rs.72/- for 36 pages of information, pursuing the direction of State Information Commission West Bengal against my appeal: - “The SPIO is directed to provide the appellant within 4 weeks from the date of this order under information to the commission”

SPIO told me that as State Information Commission order SPIO to provide information I have to pay fee. If State Information Commission  ask FAA to provide information then I do not need to pay fee.

Please inform me that should I pay the fees as ask by SPIO or approach State Information Commission West Bengal for waiver of fee or clarification.

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Prasad GLN

If the information is urgent and important immediately pay the fees under protest.  Address a simple letter to SPIO, making a copy to FAA. and SIC.

To

............................

..........................

Dear Sir,

Reg: SIC Decision No...............................dt............................ Appellant:......................................

Ref: Demand for copying fees letter No.....................dt..................................

1.I invite your attention to Sec. 7 (6) that states as follows:

(6)Not withstanding anything contained in sub-section (5) the person making request for the information shall be provided the information  free of charge where a public authority fails to comply with the time limit specified in sub-section (1)

Sub section (1) prescribed time limit of 30 days.

RTI application was filed on....................

SIC decision was on....................

Demand from SPIO was on.

2.SPIO demanding such fees is in violation of the Sec. 7 (6) is not legally proper.  However the postal order for Rs.72/- is enclosed under protest keeping in mind the importance and urgency of information.

 

Yours faithfully,

........................

Encl: PO No:..............for Rs.72 drawn as per SPIO directions.

Copy to FAA and SIC:  With a request to direct SPIO for providing of information free of cost as per Sec. 7 (6) and for returning of the postal order for Rs72/ submitted by applicant under protest.

This is all formal and generally appellants do not prolong and irritate authorities by educating them about RTI Act as information is always the priority, and citizens are paying to their own Government, the actual copying expenses of nominal amount.

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Thank you.

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