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Right to Information Act 2005 (RTI Act, 2005) helps the Indian citizens to access the government information in a timely manner. It helps to promote transparency in the working of the Government. As per the RTI 2005, the Government of India is liable to provide the information asked by the Citizens. However, in the case of failing to do so, the authority will be penalized. The RTI Act applies all over India except Jammu and Kashmir, as it has its own RTI Act.
In this blog, we will learn how to file an RTI online application and other aspects relating to it.
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The objective of RTI online is to allow the citizens to demand the information from government authorities which includes contracts, circulars, records, reports, memos, papers, emails, documents and all other information consolidated in print or electronic form.
Even so, there are certain sections of administrative activities which do not come under the RTI Act. One of the highlights of the RTI Act 2005 is to empower the citizens to inspect the records physically that have been preserved by the government and its administrative bodies.
All Indian citizens can ask for information through RTI online. Citizens can ask for the inspection of the work and activities of the government or can simply exercise their right to know the information. To be the valid applicant to ask the information through RTI, you just need to be a citizen who wants to inspect records of governing and administrative bodies.
To exercise your right to Information, you just need to fill an application with a Central Public Information Officer (CPIO). There is a CPIO with all the administrative levels of the government that provides all the required information to people who file an application or a query under the RTI Act. Online facility of filing the RTI application is available for Central Public Authorities and a limited number of State Public Authorities.
RTI (right to information) doesn’t provide the absolute right to the Indian citizen to seek information. The RTI Act, 2005 exempts a certain kind of information under the ambit of RTI. Such exemptions are provided in Section 8, Section 9 and the second schedule of Right to Information Act, 2005.
You can file the RTI online as well as offline. But, an online facility is limited to a few authorities only. Let’s take a look at the steps to be followed to file the application of RTI.
STEP 1: Visit the Online RTI Portal
The first step is to visit the online portal of RTI. Once you click on the link, you will land on the following page, shown below-
RTI online portal
Once you come across the above page, you will have two options. Either you can file the RTI without registering yourself or you can register yourself first. It is always advisable to register if you file frequent RTIs.
STEP 2: Filling the Personal Information:
RTI Personal information
Registration will also save you lots of time, as you are not required to fill your personal details such as name, address, contact information etc. You can also check the status of your RTI application by just filling in your credentials such as Username and Password.
STEP 3: Successful Registration
The moment you fill all the credentials asked in the above and click on the submit link. You will see the successful User Registration Page as shown below.
RTI online registration
STEP 4: Verification and Activation of Account
RTI account verification and activation
Till now you are registration process is complete. After this, you just need to verify and activate the account as specified in the picture above.
STEP 5: Entering the Activation Key
The next step is to enter a username, password, and security code. And you just need to click on the Login button.
STEP 6: Account Activation
On entering the Activation key and security code, you have to click on the Activate button for the activation your account. Once your account is activated, you will come across the following page-
RTI Account activation
Now, your account is active, you just need to go through the guidelines and tick on the read and understand box and submit it to move further.
STEP 7: Filing the RTI online Application
Filling RTI online Application
In accordance with the RTI Act, 2005, you need to pay the fees mentioned below and the fees may not be restricted to the following options-
1. Initial application fees
Initially, you need to submit the demand draft, banker’s cheque or cash with a receipt of Rs. 10
2. Charges for seeking the Information
3. Charges for the inspection of records
The first hour is free, and then you will be charged with fees of Rs. 5 per hour.
As mentioned under the RTI 2005, you get a reply to your question or query asked through RTI within a period of 30 days. However, if the information is in relation to the “life and liberty of a person”, it will be furnished within a time period of 48 hours. Below is the table mentioning the time limits for getting the information of your RTI application-
The right to Information is a very valuable and crucial medium. That allows you to put in queries and doubts regarding any government schemes and policies and helps you to get your answers. With digitalization of RTI applications, it has now become even easier and simpler to avail any government information.
RTI is a platform, where one can share their queries and doubts. A common man can involve in the government policies, by taking an active part in them.
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