First, you must know which department you want to file your Right to Information Act, 2005 application. You can do a quick research about the same.
The procedure to file RTI online in India is simple and hassle-free.
- Application can be handwritten or written in English, Hindi or on a sheet of white paper in the official language.
- There is no recommended format for public officials in the central government, but proforma for filing RTI applications is prescribed in some states.
- Address your RTI application to Central/ State Public information Officer (CPIO/ SPIO) with the complete and exact address of public department.
- Mention Subject as “Information request under the RTI Act, 2005.”
- Questions should be specific, clear and complete without any confusion or ambiguity. Mention the duration for which data is being attempted. Try to limit your queries to just one topic.
- Write your name and email address. Other contact information such as phone number, e-mail etc. may be listed, but these are optional.
- Pay Rs.10/- to RTI fees in the form of money, Indian Postal Order or Bank Draft for central government public officials and some state public officials and add evidence of fee payment with RTI implementation. In some countries, the fee is more than Rs.10/- and the payment method also differs.
- Keep a photocopy of the application for recording.
- Application may be sent by post or may be presented in individual to the PIO. Take PIO’s acknowledgement if presented in individual. If the request is sent by post, it is advisable to submit it by registered post and maintain the acknowledgement slip with you until the final disposal of the application.
- RTI applications may also be presented to the APIO at the specified post offices.