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How To Apply For RTI Information

1. Introduction

Any citizen of India who desires to obtain any information under the Right to Information Act, 2005 may make a request to the Public Information Officer/Assistant Public Information Officer , preferably in the application format, in writing.

2. Fee for RTI Information Application

The application for obtaining information under sub-section (1) of section 6 of RTI Act, 2005, must be accompanied by prescribed application fee drawn in favour of Commissioner Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs payable at the local office where the application has been submitted. At present the application fee, which is subject to change from time to time, is as under:-

  1. Application fee : Rs. 10/- (Rupees ten only)
  2. Mode of payment : By cash against proper receipt or by demand draft/banker's cheque/Indian Postal Order drawn in favour of Commissioner Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs payable at local office where the application is submitted.

Persons who belong to BPL category are not required to pay the application fee provided necessary documents in support are produced.

3. Additional Fee for the Information

In case it is decided to provide the information, the applicant shall be informed of the additional fees required to be deposited by him/her for the information sought and information shall be furnished after the deposit of the fee by the Requester, as per the Act. In accordance to directives given in the above mentioned Gazette notification dated 16/09/2005, for providing the information under sub-section (1) of Section 7, an additional fee shall be charged. At present, the applicable rates, which are subject to change from time to time, are given as under,:-

Sr. NoDocument or ObjectRates
1.For each page (in A-4 or A-3 size paper) created or copied Rs. 2/- per page
2.For a copy in larger size paperActual charge or cost price
3.For samples or modelsActual cost or price
4.For inspection of records No fee for the first hour; Rs.5/hr. thereafter

Further, for providing the information under sub-section (5) of Section 7, the fee shall be charged at the following rates:-

Sr. NoDocument or ObjectRates
1.For information provided in diskette or floppyRs. 50/- per diskette or floppy
2.For information provided in printed form.At the price fixed for such publication or Rs. 2/- per page of photocopy for extracts from the publication.

The mode of payment of above mentioned additional fees shall be the same as application fee.

4. Appeal

In case the applicant does not receive a decision within the time specified in sub-section(1) or clause (a) of sub-section (3) of section 7, or is aggrieved by a decision of the PIO, as the case may be, may within thirty days from the expiry of such period from the receipt of such a decision, prefer an appeal to the Departmental Appellate Authority.

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