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RTI first appeal_12_form

RTI application format

second appeal form RTI

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Define RTI 

RTI stands for right to information. Basically it is an act called to right to information act. The primary idea to introduce this act was the mandate timely response to the citizens request for information. Regarding the operations and accounts of the Government departments, bodies, authorities, corporations, institutions or ministries.

Empowers Information:

Right to Information empowers the common citizen to seek information from Government about their activities, operations, plans, projects, spending etc. To inspect any Government documents and seek certified copies thereof. RTI also empower citizen to ask for the work being conducted by the Governments or to take samples if required of any material, substance or compound to check its quality or feasibility. RTI has emanated from the fundamental rights of the constitution. So RTI is machinery or process through which a common can exercise his right to seek information from the Government. RTI became affective from 13th October 2005.

Objective of RTI:-

Primary objective of RTI is to empower the citizen and promote transparency and accountability in the day to day business of the Government, certain rights has been imparted for such goal to make our democracy work for common people in real sense. As informed citizens the people will be better equipped to keep necessary vigil on the instruments of Government and make Government more accountable, transparent and corruption free.

The RTI Act extends to the whole of India accept Jammu and Kashmir. Established bodies cover under the constitution. Under any law. Any Government notice including NGO’s. Which are owned, controlled or substantially financed by the Government is covered under the ambit of this act. All private bodies which are owned control or substantially finance by the Government is also covered in the act. Other certain agencies are covered partially in the act. Except from certain departments and authorities prescribed in the act. which are not covered by the provisions of the RTI are not part of the act. The information of which cannot be asked for by any common citizen.

A common citizen who have desires to obtain any information under the act.  An application should make in the prescribed format to the public information officer of the concerned public office. It should be in writing either in English or in Hindi or any other local language of the area in which application is made. The application should be precise and specific asking for a particular information person has to make certain payment in the form of application fee at the time of submitting. The application as prescribed in the act. The reply is to be provided by the concerned authority from which the information has been asked for within 30 days period. That also requires every public authority to computerise their records for wide dissemination and to proactively disclose certain category of information, so that the citizen need minimum resource to request for information they want.

Sub section 1 of section 8 and 9 of the RTI act enumerates the type of information which is exempt from disclosure to the common citizen. Sub section 2 of section 8 however, provides that information exempted under this section can be made official under the official secret act of 1923 for public interest. In case of any harm to the public tranquity of peace.

The third party in relation to the act means a person other than citizen, who has made request for information. Definition of third party includes a public authority other than the public authority to whom the request has been made for seeking any information related to that public authority.

If an applicant is not supplied information within the prescribed time of 30 days by any public authority. As the case may be or a person is not satisfied with the information furnished to him. He may prefer an appeal to the first appellate authority. Who is an officer in senior rank of public information officer. Such an appeal should be filed within a period of 30 days from the date. On which the limit of 30 day of supply of information is expired or from the date on which the information of the PIO is received. The Appellate Authority shall disposed off the appeal within a period of 30 days. Or in exceptional case within 45 days of the receipt of an appeal. A person if agreed can also go for second appeal with the Central information Commission. If he believes that the information is not supplied to him or the supplied information is insufficient in nature.

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