Right to Information Act, 2005
Guidelines for seeking information from
title, extent and commencement
- Known as “Right to Information Act,
- Extends to whole of India except J&K.
- Has become enforceable with effect from 12th
- It is more powerful and stringent than Delhi
all public authorities, bodies or institutions constituted by
Parliament, Legislative Assembly.
Parliament, Supreme Court/High Court/Lower Courts, Bodies
owned, controlled and substantially financed.
Non-government organizations substantially financed directly
empowered to notify or issue orders to include such other
made the “Master”
act provides for giving almost all information to citizens
barring a few exceptions.
makes the citizen the “Master”.
can now do social audit of any work through getting
information and examining it critically and posing
Information Officers to give information
Information Officers to be appointed by Public Authorities for
handling applications received under the Act (by 22.9.2005).
Public Information Officer to be appointed to receive
applications on behalf of the Public Authority (by 22.9.2005.)
Public Information officers to be appointed in each
Sub-Division/Sub-Districts (by 22.9.2005).
Appellate Authority to be within the department/organization
in Public Authority
to Information includes:
of works, documents, records.
notes, extracts, certified copies.
certified samples of material.
information in floppies, tapes etc.
Information means any material in any form & includes:
documents, memos, e-mail, opinion, advice, orders, log book, contract, reports, papers, samples etc.
can file application in writing or through electronic means in
English or Hindi or local language.
to assist disabled persons in writing down requests.
for seeking information not required.
information about applicant not to be asked except for
delivery of reply.
The following fee
has been prescribed by GOI & U.P.Govt.:
Fee Rs 10/-
Page Rs 2/ per page A-4 or A-3
size paper Actual Charges
or Model Actual cost
of records First hour Rs 10/- there after Rs 5/- per 15
fee for Below Poverty Line
The fee can be paid in any of the following modes:
cases information is sought concerning life or liberty, it is
to be given in 48 hours.
in other cases to be given in 30 days.
days to be added if the application is received through SAPIO.
case of third party – 40 days.
lie at two levels.
appeal within department/ organization to senior officer to
State Public Information Officer within 30 days.
appeal before Central Information Commission within 90 days.
Appeals to be decided within 30 days.
Third Party Information
information about third party is sought by the applicant, a notice
will be given to third party to present his case within 5 days.
An opportunity of hearing will be given within 10 days.
Third party will
have right to appeal.
from disclosure of information
As per section 8 the
following type of information shall not be obligatory to be given.
security and integrity of India.
to be published by the court of law.
of which leads to breach of privilege of Parliament/Assembly.
confidence trade secrets and intellectual property.
Information received in fiduciary relationship.
received in confidence from foreign government.
of which may endanger life and liberty.
impedes the process of a investigation.
Papers including record or deliberation.
information which has no relationship to any public activity.
to infringement of copyright.
impose penalty @ Rs. 250/- for each day of delay subject to a
maximum of Rs. 25,000/-.
issue directions for disciplinary action against PIO in cases
of persistent default.
of hearing to be given.
for prompt attention
Officer and staff members need to be sensitized to pay proper
attention to this act.
preparatory measures for implementation should be completed as
per prescribed schedule in the Act.
need to be vigilant in disposal of requests received under the
requests received under the Act need to be dealt within time
Public Information Officer can receive applications for any
First Appellate Authority should be senior to PIO.
should be senior officers who should be able to control work
and dig out information as they have to perform a quasi
demarcation of work should be done amongst the PIO and
Appellate Authorities to avoid confusion.
the substantially financed bodies to bring them under the
purview of RTI.
for receipt for application.
for receipt of application & fee should be suitably be
made to facilitate the work.
counters should be setup near reception counters.
APIO/PIO/Appellate Authority should be easily accessible to
depicting room number etc of PIO/APIO should be available at
the main entrance.
of Secretaries /HODs/CEOs
first appellate authority.
bodies substantially financed to be brought under the purview
of the act.
wide publicity about the provisions of the act.
internal workshops for sensitization of officers and staff.
proper arrangements for receipt of application/fee etc..
requisite number of counters for guidance.
suo motu information and disseminate to the maximum.
and control the working of all concerned officers.