Right to Information    

The Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005 is a tool that checks corruption, and holds the various bodies, agencies and department of the government accountable to the public. This prevents arbitrary state Action, which is the hallmark of a responsible democracy. The RTI Act has laid out a mission statesmen't of sorts by stating that it is essentially a practical roadmap, detailing how citizens of India can gain access to information which in turn will promote good governance. Indeed, the Act itself states that the 'paramountcy' of the democratic ideal must be preserved by reconciling and harmonizing information that must be shared with the public, and secure information, that is integral to the security and economy of India. RTI application is simply:

STEP 1
identifying the issue.
STEP 2
Identifying the relevant department of the government. The law mandates a 'Public Information Officer (PIO)' to transfer the application to relevant department in case the applicant refers the application to the wrong department, in no case can the application be returned to the applicant.

STEP 3
On a plain sheet of paper, addressed to the 'Public Information Officer' of the relevant department write down your questions. This can be in a simple letter format with the subject; Application under Right to Information Act 2005 (there is no prescribed application from under the law the for filling an RTI application).

SETP 4
Paying a fee of Rs. 10. The following modes of payments are acceptable a) Court Fees Stamp b) Cash c) Government Treasury d)Demand Draft e)'State Bank of India Payment can made under the RTI account head and the receipt should be attached to the application and sent by Registered Post Acknowledgement Due.

STEP 5
The PIO should respond within 30 days of the receipt of the application failing which the applicant should make the 1st appeal to the appellate Authority' of the same department. The appeal should be addressed to the 'Appellate Authority (the postal address is usually the same as the POI).

STEP 6
The Appellate gets anther 30 days to respond failing which the applicant can make the 2nd appeal to the 'State Information Commission' (for the state govt. depts.) or 'Central Information Commission' (for central govt. depts.) as the case may be.

Central Information Commission
5th floor, Block No IV, Old JNU Campus, New Delhi 110 067 | http://cic.gov.in/