Many of us are ignorant of the fact that we as citizens of India have the right to know about any government policies or information from the government with the help of the right to information act that was passed in the year 2005, as a result of consistent efforts of anti-corruption activists. The act is a significant one as it can help you access any government information that is not classified with a simple procedure. As per the act, it is government due responsibility to provide the requested information to the citizen that too within 30 days, otherwise the failing officer is fined for a pre-decided amount. Only the departments dealing with national security and defense are exempted from RTI besides the state of Jammu & Kashmir.
Three are three ways you can file your RTI application.
1. Visit the Public Information Officer of the department concerned and they’ll help you with the rest.
2. Write an application and send it via registered or speed post to the department concerned
3. Go online to the website rtionline.gov.in, register and then login to file and RTI.
Well, let’s know about the procedure you need to following while filing and RTI to submit in person in post or online.
1. Write a clear application point wise.
2. Pay Rs. 10 as the application fee with IPO or demand draft or to the treasury. The challan or receipt of payment needs to be attached to the application. Online payment option is also available.
3. Submit your application through any of the aforementioned modes.
You can expect a response to your application within 30 days by law for all your queries. Infact if your query is pertaining to life or death cases, then the RTI needs to be responded with 2 days.