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RTI Handbook

RTI Handbook

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PREPARED BY: RAKESH AGARWAL
WITH INPUTS FROM KABIR AND NCPRI
JUNE 2006

understanding & using the
RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT
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PERSONAL & NATION\u2019S BENEFIT

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CONTENTS
THE HANDBOOK................................................................................................................ 4
INTRODUCTION............................................................................................................................................................ 5
UNDERSTANDING & USING THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT (\u201cRTI ACT\u201d)..................................... 6

WHAT IS INFORMATION............................................................................................................................................................. 6 COVERAGE AND APPLICABILITY............................................................................................................................................. 6 OBLIGATIONS OF PUBLIC AUTHORITIES............................................................................................................................... 6 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICERS (PIO).................................................................................................................................. 6 APPLYING FOR INFORMATION................................................................................................................................................. 7 HOW DOES A \u201cPIO\u201d DEAL WITH YOUR APPLICATION........................................................................................................ 7 FEES.................................................................................................................................................................................................. 8 TIME LIMITS................................................................................................................................................................................... 8 THIRD PARTY................................................................................................................................................................................. 9 BARRED INFORMATION WHICH CANNOT BE DISCLOSED TO YOU............................................................................... 9 EXEMPTIONS................................................................................................................................................................................ 10 APPEALS........................................................................................................................................................................................ 10 INFORMATION COMMISSIONS................................................................................................................................................ 11 OTHER IMPORTANT POINTS.................................................................................................................................................... 11

ISSUES AND SUBJECTS FOR WHICH TO USE \u201cRTI\u201d....................................................................................... 12 DECISIONS OF \u201cCENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSION\u201d + IMPLICATIONS..................................... 13 IMPORTANT GUIDELINES...................................................................................................................................... 15 HOW TO USE THE INFORMATION OBTAINED................................................................................................ 16 SPECIMEN COMPLAINT OR REPORT FORM.................................................................................................... 17 SPECIMEN APPLICATION FORM.......................................................................................................................... 18 SPECIMEN FORM OF APPEAL (1ST APPEAL)..................................................................................................... 19 SPECIMEN FORM OF APPEAL TO THE COMMISSION (2ND APPEAL)........................................................ 21 USEFUL CONTACTS................................................................................................................................................... 27

SAMPLE APPLICATIONS................................................................................................ 30

GAS CYLINDER DELIVERY..................................................................................................................................... 31 PENDING WORK IN ANY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT............................................................................. 32 TAKE COPIES OF RATION DOCUMENTS........................................................................................................... 33 WATER PROBLEM..................................................................................................................................................... 34 INSANITARY CONDITIONS..................................................................................................................................... 35 STREET LIGHTS NOT FUNCTIONING................................................................................................................. 36 HORTICULTURE......................................................................................................................................................... 37 DETAILS OF ALL ROADS WHICH ARE CUT...................................................................................................... 39 DETAILS OF \u201cSTREET AND ROAD WORKS\u201d CARRIED OUT....................................................................... 40 INSPECT GOVERNMENT WORKS......................................................................................................................... 42 COPIES OF ALL WORKS CARRIED OUT IN A WARD..................................................................................... 43 MLA DEVELOPMENT FUND.................................................................................................................................... 44 MISUSE OF OFFICIAL VEHICLES......................................................................................................................... 45 STATUS OF ALL CORRUPTION COMPLAINTS RECEIVED........................................................................... 46 ENCROACHMENTS.................................................................................................................................................... 47 COMMERCIALIZATION........................................................................................................................................... 48 APPLICATION FOR SEEKING RECORDS ABOUT WATER MANAGEMENT............................................ 49

BARE ACT........................................................................................................................... 50
FULL ACT \u2013 AS IT WAS ENACTED........................................................................................................................ 51
INTRODUCTION TO NYAYABHOOMI........................................................................ 65

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