How does the Right to Information Act work?

How does the Right to Information Act work?

Right To Information act was included in Article 19 in 2005, according to which every tax payer is having access to government information(State and Central). Whenever Information officers (PIOs) refuses to provide information requested against a particular application he/she will be penalized up to 25,000 INR.

Below are the key features of the RTI,
1. RTI works in all the states except in Jammu & Kashmir. Though the government has appointed information officers in J&K.
2. RTI covers the government departments listed in the following link.
Page on rti.gov.in . They also have the RTI links respective to each and every departments, among which some links are not working.
3. You can submit your RTI applications in a white sheet like a usual application letter, but for the state governments there may be a particular format for submitting the applications.  The applications should be addressing to Public Information Officer (PIO). You can find the names and details of PIOs in the following link : Central Public Information Officers (CPIOs) . Make sure you have the copy of the application.
4. There is application fee for requesting information through RTI and the fee vary with the central and state governments and it also depend on the formats the applicant is requesting information in. You can even apply for an electronic copy of information in CDs or pendrives for which they will charge extra.

The link below will get answers to almost all of your questions on RTI.
Page on conservationindia.org

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