The Right to Information Act (RTI) is considered to be one of the strongest pieces of legislation as it gives citizens the power to question public authorities and their activities, thereby not only promoting transparency, but demanding accountability as well. A normal citizen can keep an eye on public authorities’ activities to fight against corruption.
What is the RTI Act?
In India, the Right to Information (RTI) Act was passed in 2005, making it mandatory for the government to respond to a citizen’s request for information in the public domain. RTI is one of the strongest legislations made for the common man, giving them a right to question any public authority and their activities. A citizen can ask for any information in the public domain under the RTI Act. The Act was basically introduced to ensure transparency and accountability of each public authority’s work.
How RTI can be filed?
An RTI application can be filed in one of three ways:
- Online: Visit rtionline.gov.in and login to file an RTI.
- Via Registered Post: send your application to the concerned department via speed post or registered post.
- In Person: Visit the Public Information Officer of the concerned department and he/she will guide you further.
How to File RTI Online?
Filing RTI application online recently started and the procedure is simple and clear-cut. When filing online RTI, one needs to follow the below mentioned steps:
Step 1: Visit the RTI Website and click on the Submit Request button. Then submit after checking I have read and understood the above guidelines option.
Step 2: The form will then appear after which one can begin filling in the required details. Identify what department you want information from. Select the appropriate Ministry along with department. One needs to provide contact details along with the email ID to complete the request. The person can also fill the mobile number (optional) to receive SMS alerts.
Step 3: If an applicant has difficulty choosing the appropriate public authority, the search bar on the top can be used to locate it.
Step 4: While drafting your RTI keep in mind that it only allows alphabets and doesn’t allow any special character/numeric (for example ! % / 1, 2) etc. The word limit is 3,000 characters as per the form. If it exceeds or a necessary document needs to be added, one can also attach the file by clicking Choose File next to Supporting Document.
Step 5: The fee for filing the request is the same as offline i.e. Rs.10. Payment can be made through internet banking of SBI & its associate banks, debit/credit cards of Master/Visa and RuPay cards.
Step 6: Acknowledgment mail with a unique reference/registration number for the request will be shown once the payment is made. One can also check the status for the RTI filed online at https://rtionline.gov.in/request/status.php .
For any query or feedback related to your application, you can contact at 011-24622461, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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