A complete guide to RTI filing
RTI also known as Right to Information is the most vital legislation for the common man. It gives them the right to raise their voice against any public authority and their work. Be, it cleanliness issues, poor maintenance of roads, or problems with water connection, anybody can question under RTI Act.
The only intention behind this Act is to provide complete “Transparency”. It came to light in 2005 with the continuous efforts of anti-corruption activists.
What is RTI Act?
This Act gives the rights to the Indian citizen to access the details of State and Central Government. They can seek an explanation for the reasons like:-
- Misappropriation of funds for constructing roads
- Misuse of funds in Government development projects
- Asking for clarification for not giving any service or passbook issuance
How to file RTI information online?
If you are seeking any explanation, you need to formulate an application. Ensure you address the public authority from the concerned department. Every department is appointed with one public authority to give complete details.
You can file your RTI application online by visiting the website rtionline.gov.in. Please note that the appeals can only be raised by Indian citizens.
For filing the RTI, go to https://rtionline.gov.in. Check the guidelines to file/ submit your RTI application. If you are okay with the guidelines check the box that states, “I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD THE ABOVE GUIDELINES”. Tap “Submit” to file your RTI.
You will get an online form to file RTI. You need to follow these three things:-
- Choose the Ministry or Department from where you need details. You need to choose Department/ Ministry or Apex body dropdown.
- Share personal details such as phone number, address, name, etc.
- Highlight what information you need from the concerned department.
Make a transaction of Rs. 10 as an RTI fee. The government has given relaxation to Indian citizens who are below the poverty line. As per RTI Rules, 2012 people who fall into this category do not have to pay anything.
If you belong to the BPL category, hit the option “Yes” next to the field “Is the Applicant Below Poverty Line?”. In the field of Supporting documents, you must upload your BPL certificate card for verification. Once done, press “Submit” to file an RTI application.
A non-BPL applicant must make their payment (Rs.10) through the following mediums:-
- RuPay cards
- Credit/ Debit card of Visa/ Master cards
- Internet banking
The application will be submitted upon successful payment. On submission, the applicant will be issued a unique registration number. It will also be shared on their email ID and SMS.
You will get complete details from the concerned department after 30 days. You can also identify the application status via the option, “VIEW STATUS”. Similarly, you have to follow the process to submit the RTI application for the first appeal.