All you need to know about filing an RTI

In 2005, Parliament of India enacted the Right to Information Act. It was like a rain shower in the desert. With RTI citizens can obtain information about the working of every public authority.  This act promotes accountability of all public servants and transparency in their work. Here is everything one must know about RTI filling process.

Filing RTI- All you need to know

You must be thinking about how to apply for RTI Online?

There are two ways you can file an RTI-online and offline.

1. Online Process

It is very easy to file RTI online. You need to spend a little more than the offline method but it saves you a lot of time and effort. Even in online, there are two ways you can file RTI. Here is how to apply RTI online.

  • Government Website

One of the Online RTI filing processes is through a government website. You will have to fill the application online. If your application exceeds 3000 words, you will have to upload as an attachment. When you submit the application, you will be asked to make the payment. You can use Net banking but the only bank allowed is SBI and its associate banks. You can also use a credit card, debit card or Visa or Mastercard. And you can also use Rupay card for making the payment. After you have made the payment, your application will be submitted. On the successful submission, you will get a unique registration number for future reference. However, if the application doesn’t follow the rules of RTI, it can be rejected. All your efforts go in vain.

  • Other Online RTI Websites

There are many other sites that allow you to file an RTI and this is the easiest Online RTI filling process. All you have to do is fill in the basic information needed to file the application and then you have to make the online payment. They, then draft an application for RTI on your behalf and do the needful for making their payment. The advantage of using this method to file the RTI is that the application filed by these sites abide by all the rules of the RTI and is sent to the right concerned department. You don’t have to worry about the application being rejected. And you don’t have to stand in queue for hours to get the postal order or DD made for the payment.

This is how to file RTI online.

Another method to file an RTI is the offline method.

2. Offline Method

Offline RTI filling process is a tedious and lengthy process. First, you will have to identify the department where you have to file the RTI. Then write or type the application in English, Hindi or the local language. Address your application to the Public Information officer of centre or state. Clearly mention the subject and put the specific details in the application body. And also remember to mention the specific year and the period.

Obtain the draft or money order for Rs. 10 for paying the fee. Or the payment can be done in cash as well. When the application is submitted, you will get the acknowledgement receipt.

In all the cases, you will receive the reply of your application within 30 days since the receipt of the application. This is how you can file an RTI online.

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