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6/365 – RTI – Right To Information

RTI Act
“An Act to provide for setting out the practical regime of right to information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of public authorities, in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority, the constitution of a Central Information Commission and State Information Commissions and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.”

What is Right to Information?
Every citizen has a right to know how the Government is functioning. Right to Information empowers every citizen to seek any information from the Government, inspect any Government documents and seek certified photocopies thereof. Some laws on Right to Information also empower citizens to official inspect any Government work or to take sample of material used in any work.

Who can ask for information under Right to Information?
Any citizen can ask for information under these laws.The Act extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir. OCI’s (Overseas Citizens of India) and PIO’s (Persons of Indian Origin) card holders can also ask for information under the RTI Act.

How to write an RTI Application?
Name, address, contact telephone number and Email id
Information about Public Information officer, name, address e.t.c.

How to deposit Application Fee?
In person by paying cash
Demand Draft/Bankers Cheque
Indian Postal Order

Application Guidelines:
While filing an RTI application, the framing of the questions is very important. A slight misunderstanding or vague questions gives the PIO a chance to reject your application. The matter can be hand written, or typed. Make sure the application is legible and easy to read.

Time limits specified in the RTI Act:
Various time limit has been prescribed under which the information can be obtained under Right to Information Act. These time limits are prescribed by the Act itself, and failing which an RTI Applicant can approach appropriate authorities for relief.
For matters involving “Life and Liberty”, – 48 Hours.
For PIO to reply to application – 30 days from date of receipt of application
For PIO to transfer to another PA – 5 days from date of receipt of application

Applying RTI to get the information on Income Tax Refund Status:

Information Required:
1. CPIO- Chief Public Information officer (Assessing Officer will be the CPIO)
2. If you have the proof of acknowledgement of tax filed then attach the copy with the application.

Filing RTI:
1. Mention the Personal information and the Questions clearly in the application.
2. Take a printout of the application and sign the application and keep a copy.
3. Go to GPO (General post office). There will be separate counter where you should pay Rs.10 (RTI Fees) and get the receipt.
4. Submit the application there. You will be given an acknowledgement by the person accepting the application.
5. Wait for maximum of 35 days. 99% you will get the response.

For details of CPIO call Aayakar Sampark Kendra at 0124-2438000 (http://www.incometaxindia.gov.in/ccit/RTIPage.asp)

For More information on filing RTI, Contact – Ravikumar – srk.reg@gmail.com

Reference: rti.gov.in/

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Categories: General Knowledge, Law
  1. Ravikumar
    September 5, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Good work….everyone should start using this

    • September 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      Yes Ravi. Thanks for sharing your experience about RTI filing.

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