The Right to Information and you!

RTIDid you know – instead of just cribbing and crying over delayed construction of a road outside your home which you know will soon get either flooded or spotted with potholes – you can actually get a sample to check the quality of material being used?

Yes! When they say information they mean all kinds of information, written and physical.

Now with the Supreme Court capping RTI application fees to Rs. 50 per application and Rs. 5 for photocopying, asking for information no longer remains a huge hurdle. Here are five things you should know before filing an RTI –

  • What type of Information can be sought? Information from any government institution on its working and spending. There are a few exceptions to this rule such as any information affecting the sovereignty and integrity of India.
  • Who can seek information? Any civilian of India can file an application under the RTI Act, 2005.
  • Who should the application be addressed to? There are dedicated Public Information officers for every government department obligated to send replies to RTI queries.
  • What is the fee for filing an application? Rs. 10 needs to be paid towards an RTI application. Fees for photocopying records and documents are additional.
  • What sort of ‘access’ to information can be provided? In addition to receiving a response to your query, you can also seek examination of records and documents available at government offices. You can have what you need either photocopied or taken on electronic media after payment of appropriate fees.

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