21st September, 2018

Right to Information (RTI)

Overview

  • Right to Information (RTI) is an act passed by the Indian Parliament in the year 2005.
  • Right to Information ensures timely response to the requests of citizens for government information.
  • RTI was introduced with the objective to empower the citizens by making the government accountable and transparent about its working, check corruption and to make the democracy work for people's interests in real sense.
  • The RTI act relaxed a number of provisions which restricted information disclosure in India through the Official Secrets Act, 1923.
  • Right to Information is considered as a fundamental right of Indian citizens.
  • RTI is applicable all over India with the exception of Jammu and Kashmir where ‘J&K Right to Information’ works.

Fees and Documents Required

  • Demand draft, cash or banker’s cheque with ensuing receipt of Rs. 10 is required as fees for an initial application
  • One requires to be the citizen of India
  • One must have the specifics of the information required
  • One requires to enclose the payment of application fee
  • One requires to provide his/her complete postal-address where the response has to be sent
  • RTI helps in keeping corruption in check as it makes the government bodies accountable for and liable to provide information about its working to the general public on demand.
  • It helps to ensure transparency in the Indian administrative system.
  • It empowers people in a significant way as RTI ensures their right to get information about various policies and working of government bodies which are vital to people.
  • RTI strengthens democracy in a significant was as it ensures anybody who is a citizen of India (irrespective of their caste, class, status and religion) can avail any information which is vital to them.

Institutions covered

  • All the constitutional authorities including the legislature, executive and judiciary are covered under RTI act.
  • Any institution or body established or constituted by an act of parliament or a state legislature is also covered under RTI act.
  • Private bodies are not directly covered by the RTI act.
  • According to Central Information Commission (CIC), privatized public utility companies also fall within the ambit of RTI.
  • Private institutions and NGOs which are receiving up to 95% of their infrastructure funds from the government also come under the RTI act.

How To Apply :

Go to this link and submit your request : https://rtionline.gov.in/request/request.php

Addresses

Director(IR)
Room No.279A
North Block
New Delhi-110001
Email: osdrti-dopt@nic.in

Under Secretary(IR)
Room No.281
North Block
New Delhi-110001
Email: usir-dopt@nic.in