What should a request for information contain?+
Requests should have all necessary information to identify the specific information you request including the nature and language of access. Except contact details of yourself, other personal details need not be given.
Click here for a sample format for applications.
What is the procedure to obtain information?+
What is the procedure to obtain information?
What information could be accessed under the Act?+
When given access, you have the right to inspect relevant information; take notes, extracts or certified copies of documents or records; take certified samples of material; obtain information in the form of diskettes, floppies, tapes, video cassettes or any other electronic mode or through printouts.
Do you have to pay a fee to access information?+
The requestor has to pay a fee according to the schedule of fees which the Right to Information (RTI) Commission will prescribe. The Commission may also prescribe that information could be provided free of charge (up to a certain limit.) However, every Public Authority has a duty to display the fees to be charged, within their premises.
How do you contact an Information Officer or a Designated Officer?+
You can get contact details from the relevant Public Authority. You will find the contact details of the Information officer and the Designated Officer prominently displayed in the premises of every Public Authority and on their websites.
Can requested information be denied under the Act?+
Like most fundamental rights, your right to information is not absolute. However, it could only be denied by a Public Authority in a limited set of circumstances. The Act lists these types and categories of information which could be denied to you and the circumstances in which such information could be denied. However, the most important aspect is that even if revealing the information would cause harm to a legitimate aim, if the public benefits from disclosure, such information will have to be disclosed.
Can you appeal against the decisions of the information officers or designated officers?+
If access to information is denied, you have a right to appeal against the denial. The Act comprehensively sets out the procedure to be followed in submitting an appeal against decisions of Information Officers, Designated Officers, and the Commission itself. This affords you the opportunity to effectively exercise your Right to Information. For more click here.
Are there any penalties for violating the Act?+
Yes. If any person commits one of the offences mentioned in section 39(1) of the RTI Act, the Commission can take that person before a court of law.
How can you contact the RTI Commission?+
If you need to contact the RTI Commission, you can get contact details from the relevant Public Authority prominently displayed in the premises of every Public Authority and on the websites.
Scope of Public Authorities+
Public Authorities under the Act are not limited to Government bodies but include private and non-governmental bodies in certain contexts.