Right To Information Act 2005
Salient Features of RTI
Right to Information mean, the right to - inspect works, documents,
records, take notes, extracts or certified copies of documents
or records, take certified samples of material and obtain information
in form of printouts, diskettes, floppies, tapes, video cassettes
or in any other electronic mode or through printouts.
PIOs are officers designated by the public authorities in
all administrative units or offices under it to provide information
to the citizens requesting for information under the Act.
Any officer, whose assistance has been sought by the PIO for
the proper discharge of his or her duties, shall render all
assistance and for the purpose of contraventions of the provisions
of this Act, such other officer shall be treated as a PIO.
- PIO shall deal with requests from persons seeking information
and where the request cannot be made in writing, to render
reasonable assistance to the person to reduce the same in
- If the information requested for is held by or its subject
matter is closely connected with the function of another
public authority, the PIO shall transfer, within 5 days,
the request to that other public authority and inform the
- PIO may seek the assistance of any other officer for the
proper discharge of his/her duties.
- PIO, on receipt of a request, shall as expeditiously as
possible, and in any case within 30 days of the receipt
of the request, either provide the information on payment
of such fee as may be prescribed or reject the request for
any of the reasons specified in S.8 or S.9.
- Where the information requested for concerns the life
or liberty of a person, the same shall be provided within
forty-eight hours of the receipt of the request.
- If the PIO fails to give decision on the request within
the period specified, he shall be deemed to have refused
- Where a request has been rejected, the PIO shall communicate
to the requester - (i) the reasons for such rejection, (ii)
the period within which an appeal against such rejection
may be preferred, and (iii) the particulars of the Appellate
- PIO shall provide information in the form in which it
is sought unless it would disproportionately divert the
resources of the Public Authority or would be detrimental
to the safety or preservation of the record in question.
- If allowing partial access, the PIO shall give a notice
to the applicant, informing:
- That only part of the record requested, after severance
of the record containing information which is exempt
from disclosure, is being provided;
- The reasons for the decision, including any findings
on any material question of fact, referring to the material
on which those findings were based;
- The name and designation of the person giving the
- The details of the fees calculated by him or her and
the amount of fee which the applicant is required to
- His or her rights with respect to review of the decision
regarding non-disclosure of part of the information,
the amount of fee charged or the form of access provided.
- If information sought has been supplied by third party
or is treated as confidential by that third party, the PIO
shall give a written notice to the third party within 5
days from the receipt of the request and take its representation
- Third party must be given a chance to make a representation
before the PIO within 10 days from the date of receipt of
The Application Procedure for requesting information is,
apply in writing or through electronic means in English or
Hindi or in the official language of the area, to the PIO,
specifying the particulars of the information sought for.
Reason for seeking information are not required to be given.
Pay fees as may be prescribed (if not belonging to the below
poverty line category).
The time limit to get the information is:-
- 30 days from the date of application
- 48 hours for information concerning the life and liberty
of a person
- 5 days shall be added to the above response time, in case
the application for information is given to Assistant Public
- If the interests of a third party are involved then time
limit will be 40 days (maximum period + time given to the
party to make representation).
- Failure to provide information within the specified period
is a deemed refusal
Application fees to be prescribed which must be reasonable.
If further fees are required, then the same must be intimated
in writing with calculation details of how the figure was
arrived at. Applicant can seek review of the decision on fees
charged by the PIO by applying to the appropriate Appellate
Authority. No fees will be charged from people living below
the poverty line. Applicant must be provided information free
of cost if the PIO fails to comply with the prescribed time