A one stop destination for all Right to Information (RTI) matters
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A one stop destination for all Right to Information (RTI) matters


CIC: The applicant seeks information which is scattered & has to be collated from various custodians of record: Such an exercise cannot be undertaken without causing disproportionate diversion of the resources of the public authority; Inspection allowed     Right to Information Act 2005    CIC: The FAA ought to have ensured compliance of his orders - CIC: The information has been furnished with avoidable delay - CIC: As the then PIO had superannuated, the Commission took a lenient view and disposed the appeal     Right to Information Act 2005    CIC: The FAA did not dispose of the first appeal filed by the appellant - CIC: Being a quasi judicial body, the FAA should have given an opportunity of hearing the appellant & then passed a speaking order; The FAA has failed to exercise his powers     Right to Information Act 2005    Appellant maintained that incomplete and misleading information has been provided - CIC: PIO to affirm on affidavit that relevant records as sought for by the Appellant has been provided to him and no other document on the subject is available in records     Right to Information Act 2005    Details of a Resident including his date of birth with proof; the name of his School along with mark sheets of class 10th and 12th; the date of his joining and other issues related thereto - CIC: No further intervention is required in the matter     Right to Information Act 2005    CIC: Although malafide intention is not apparent in the denial of information, the gross non-application of mind by the PIO & misplaced reliance on earlier decisions of the CIC is strongly evinced - CIC expressed severe displeasure against the then PIO     Right to Information Act 2005    Vijai Sharma and K V Chowdary appointed as CIC and CVC respectively     Right to Information Act 2005    Is the Mysore Police Commissioner’s office coming up without plan approval?     Right to Information Act 2005    No action taken against the illegal massage parlours or spas in Goa     Right to Information Act 2005    Are there norms about the fee a school should charge and the facilities it offers?     Right to Information Act 2005    There is only 1 primary health centre per 28 villages of UP     Right to Information Act 2005    Services of all OSDs / Consultants terminated by Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai     Right to Information Act 2005    When shall the Whistleblowers Protection Act be implemented?     Right to Information Act 2005    How much respect should the order of the Supreme Court command?     Right to Information Act 2005    Can a Court disallow what an officer can permit under the RTI Act?     Right to Information Act 2005   
FAQ for PIO

Frequently asked questions for Public Information Officer
What powers does the RTI Act, 2005 provide to a citizen?
How should the term ‘substantial’ be interpreted in substantial financing?
Are the Non Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) and other Private organizations covered under the RTI Act?
Are different offices of an organization different Public authority?
What should be the frequency of training the PIO and Appellate Authority?
Who is a Transparency Officer
In which language can the application be filed before a PIO?
In which language is the PIO expected to reply to the RTI application?
What are the essential requirements of an application filed before a PIO?
Can a PIO ask for proof of citizenship from an applicant?
Should a PIO accept an application filed by a director on behalf of a company? Or can an individual file an application on behalf of an association?
How much fee is to be paid in respect of the public authorities belonging to the Central government?
Should the application fee be in favour of the PIO?
What are the modes of payment of the fee which should be accepted by a PIO?
Can a PIO demand the postal charges or the cost of compilation of information from the applicant?
Who is the ‘concerned’ PIO to whom an application should be filed?
Is the PIO expected to provide answers to all the questions in an application?
When should ‘Inspection’ be allowed by the PIO?
What should a PIO do if an applicant seeks copies of the records which have been destroyed?
Can a public authority use an advocate during the proceedings of the RTI Act?
Can any action be taken against a PIO if he has provided excess information or under information?
If the PIO has provided excess information or under information, can a request for imposition of penalty be made before the Information Commission?
How should a PIO deal with applicants who repeatedly file applications?
How should an application be processed by a PIO?
What is the role of a First Appellate Authority (FAA) under the RTI Act?
Is a First Appellate Authority (FAA) expected to give a personal hearing in every case?
Can a First Appellate Authority (FAA) review its own order?
What is third party information?
Can a Public Authority be considered as a third party?
Can a public authority file an appeal?
If a citizen seeks information which is forbidden by other rules or Acts, what should a PIO do?
How should a PIO deal with applications seeking voluminous information?
What are the conditions in which the information can be denied by a PIO?
What is a fiduciary relationship?
How can a PIO avoid penalty proceedings?
When can the compensation be claimed?
What are the common ways of misuse of the RTI Act which a PIO may encounter?
How should a PIO / public authority deal with cases of misuse or vexatious applications?