RTI stands for Right To Information. It is a fundamental right of every citizen of India. People seem to be unaware of the power that this right bestows upon them. Many folks are apparently clueless about RTI. Their questions range from-‘what on earth is RTI used for’ to ‘how one may file an application’. Well, this article will make you more aware about this topic.
First of all, let’s find out the purpose of RTI. It enables the common man to obtain the information that usually is handled by the public bodies and organizations. It should be noted that certain organizations, such as defence and intelligence are exempted from RTI act owing to the nature of information they handle. This access to information ensures a fair amount of transparency in the governance, which we need much in our system.
So is it a tough process to file an RTI application? No. So who do we approach to file our application? Have you heard of PIO? It stands for Public Information Officer. You must submit your application to the PIO of the respective department.
Let us talk about the application. The application may be hand-written or typed. As per a new rule, some states have put a ‘word-limit’ for the application. There should be no more than 500 words in an application. The application should be addressed to the corresponding PIO and the details of the information required should be written precisely. You may write the application in English, Hindi or the regional language.
A fee will be charged on filing an application. This fee varies from one state government to the other. The fee for matters related to the Central Government is 10 rupees. You may choose from the following modes of payment:
Demand Draft, Banker’s Cheque, Postal Order etc.
After you go through the process of submitting the application, it is time to wait for the information to be delivered. Usually the information is delivered within 30 days.
In case you don’t get the requested information within the supposed time, you can lodge a complaint at the CIC ( Central Information Commission). For lodging a complaint online, click here.
Why not visit the official site of RTI? Click here.
I urge you to make use of this right to its fullest.
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