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Right to Information in Delhi (RTI - 2005)

Right To Information
Transparency is the need of the hour for a corruption free country and one of the steps taken by the Government of India is the replacement of Freedom of Information act, 2002 by Right to Information Act, 2005.  The act aims at increasing accountability and creating a corruption free environment. This act gives the right to access information from a government body or a public authority. 

For proper implementation of Right to Information act all the government and public offices are required to have computerized information system so that it is easy for the citizens to access information.

Website: rtionline.gov.in ( https://rtionline.gov.in/)
If the applicant's query doesn't get resolved through, helprtionline-dopt@nic.in or 011-24622461
Email: dirrti-dopt@nic.in
Email: usir-dopt@nic.in

Right to Information in Delhi

To help the citizens of Delhi enjoying their Right to Information, The Delhi Right to Information act, 2001 was passed. In order to secure information from any competent authority one can follow the following steps:

  1. A citizen seeking information needs to make a request through an application in form ‘A’ to the competent authority
  2. After submitting Form ‘A’ one has to deposit application fees as per rule 8 with the authorized person of a competent authority.
  3. In case of online application one has to make sure that the deposit has been made within seven days of filling the application. If the person fails to deposit the fee within seven days his/her application will be treated as withdrawn

Fee structure for RTI application

Following is the fee structure for filling an RTI application, depending upon the type of information needed by the applicant

  1. Information relating to tender documents/Bids/quotation/business contracts – Rs100 per application
  2. Information other the above type – Rs 50 per application

Other charges for RTI application

  1. Where the information is available in the form of a priced publication – price so fixed
  2. For other than priced publication – Rs 5 per page

Essential criteria to fill RTI forms

  1. The applicant should be a citizen of India
  2. Application must contain the particulars of information sought
  3. The evidence of payment needs to be enclosed
  4. The address of the applicant should be available for sending a reply

New RTI rules

Few other things to be kept in mind, as per the new RTI filling rules

  1. s per rule 3 of RTI rules 2012 a normal application should not contain more than 500 words, excluding annexure, address of the CPIO and that of the applicant
  2. As per rules 3 and 4, the applicant must pay postal charges when the charges increases Rs 50
  3. Other charges are: processing – Rs 10, Rs 5 per hour for inspection of documents with the first hour free.
  4. Rule 4 (e) says an applicant will have to pay price fixed for publication or Rs 2 per page of photocopy for extracts from the publication
  5. Free for people Below Poverty Line (BPL)
  6. Rule 6 says that one can also pay by electronic means to the account officer of the public authority, if facility for receiving fees through electronics is available with the authority

Time limits for replying to the RTI request

  1. PIO (Public Information Officer) - the reply should be given within 30 days of receiving the request
  2. APIO (Assistant Public Officer) - the reply is to be given within 35 days of receiving the request
  3. When request transferred to another public authority by the PIO - the time allowed to reply is 30 days from the day of receiving the request from PIO
  4. Information related to corruption and Human Rights violations by scheduled Security agencies -should provide information within 45 days subjected to prior approval of the central Information Commission
  5. When life and/or liberty of any person are involved - the PIO must reply within 48 hours

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