What is RTI (Right to Information)?
Filing of an RTI comes under the Basic Rights of the Citizen of India. Any person can file an RTI application; he/she can go for filing an RTI at any point of time whenever he wants to seek any information regarding any government organization, ongoing process, any public authority, etc.
In India, almost majority of the Citizen pay taxes whether directly or indirectly. In fact, it is everybody who pays the tax that runs the government. This money belongs to all of us. Therefore, it is our right to know, where does this money go? How is it being spent? And how much is being spent? The Right to Information Act empowers citizen to question government, inspect their files, and take copies of government documents and also the government works.
Who can file RTI application?
RTI can be filed by anyone at any time provided the applicant must be a Citizen of India, as there is no requirement of identification proof of the applicant. Basically if the information is not in the exemption list then RTI is bound to answer the entire question.
“Information” is one of the basic rights of the Citizen of India and RTI has enabled citizens to enjoy one of the basic rights. Through this, the citizen of India can become a third party auditor of Government functions. Citizens must exercise their Rights and the population must be educated so that No malpractice or corruption can happen if the act is used correctly.
It is indeed useful in a country like India where government officials do not/ slow to respond to queries.
The major objective of RTI (Right to Information) Act is to bring transparency in all the activities that are happening throughout the Country. Hence, we must educate the mass more and more about RTI, So that they become aware about exercising their Rights.
RTI can bring down corruption and it creates transparency and makes government accountable and bureaucracy.
Reasons for Filing RTI/Why do we file RTI/What is the use of RTI
- RTI for Industrial development issues
- RTI for Marksheet/Answer sheet/Degree verification
- RTI against Pradhan/Mukhiya/local representatives
- RTI for Passport verification issues
- RTI for MNREGA works details
- RTI to know the Cost of projects undertaken by the MLA and MP
- RTI against MLA and MP
- RTI in Municipal Corporation
- RTI in Government Hospital
- RTI for Education
- RTI for Birth and death certificate
- RTI for Housing development issues
- RTI for Police complaint (FIR)
- RTI for Rural and panchayatiraj work (Gram Panchayat)
- RTI for PF return
How do I file an RTI Application?
There are two ways to file an RTI – Offline and Online.
The reason why Online Mode is preferable over Offline is given below:-
OFFLINE RTI APPLICATION FILING: – File your RTI application on a paper form and send it via postal mail.
Step 1: Write your application. The application can be handwritten or typed in English, Hindi or in the official language of your area. Some states have a proforma which needs to be followed while writing / typing an RTI application.
Step 2: The application can be addressed to the Central or State Public Information Officer (PIO) or Assistant PIO. In the application the subject line should be “Seeking information under RTI Act, 2005”. One should also write the name and full address of the office from which you are seeking information.
Step 3: Write your questions or request for information in detail and from whom the information is required.
Step 4: Provide your full details like name, address, contact details, email address (if any) and sign the application along with date.
Step 5: Pay Rs. 10 as fee to file application. It can be paid in any form i.e. cash, money order, bank draft or court fee stamp.
Step 6: Send your application by post or submit it personally to the department concerned.
ONLINE RTI APPLICATION FILING:- This is the easiest and quickest way. You need a computer connected with Internet.
Step 1:- Firstly, you need to visit the website (www.onlinertiapplication.com). Click on the link to register.
Step 2:- You need to fill the form which states your details
Step 3:- Click “Next” at the below.
Step 4:- Now you have to fill the details regarding your query at the description box
Step 5:- Below that if you want you can fill the “Where to File” (optional).
Step 6:- Once done, click next and submit your Form.
Both follows 6 steps, but we are best teachers to judge which is easiest.
How to write RTI application?
In this case, the Applicant must address the specific issue and send that to the proper address. The Applicant must write the RTI Application in the prescribed format. The language of the application can be Hindi or English or in the official language of the area in which the application is being made.
How can I pay RTI and fees online?
Once every formality is done and prescribed Application is filed to the Public Authority then finally the payment procedure comes into picture for filing the RTI Application. Thus, send your application with the fee attached to the concerned PIO/APIO. The concerned Authority must reply within 30 days.
In case of Online Filing of RTI Applications/First Appeals one can visit to Website and file RTI by following the process step by step. Through this you can file RTI to all Ministries/Departments and few other Public Authorities of Central, State Government and in District, Panchayat and Mandal Level also.
The process is very simple, after filing, one can track his RTI Application and get the reply within the stipulated time period. Here, you can complete Online Payment in a secured way.
If you don’t get reply of an RTI what will be the next remedy. The applicant can Appeal and file First Appeal.
When to File a First Appeal?
After passing of the stipulated time period to get the reply, i.e. 30 days and the Applicant has not yet received any information he has asked for then it can be taken into consideration that the PIO/APIO has refused the Application.
After the Application is filed it reaches to the Lawyer who drafts the application and sends it to the Concerned Public Authority. After the drafting is completed the Application is sent to the Applicant where the applicant has to approve the same and then upload the digital signature for further process.
This is the complete details of the process for filing of the RTI Application. While filing the form, if any doubt arises then in that case the Customers can call our HELPLINE Department for further Assistance.