Do I have to pay charges of Photocopying for seeking information?
Ref: Should information be provided to the BPL applicant free of cost?
I am from UT JAMMU & KASHMIR. I belong to BPL Category.
I submitted a RTI application to education department for giving information.
The said department tell me that you have to pay a charge of Photostat copies of above 50 Copies.
Please give me information about this that I have to pay a charge above 50 copies or not.
Name: Showkat Ahmad lone
Email id: Loneshowkat0015@gmail.com
Please refer to section 7 of RTI Act
Subsection (5) Where access to information is to be provided in the printed or in any electronic format, the applicant shall, subject to the provisions of sub-section (6), pay such fee as may be prescribed:
Provided that the fee prescribed under sub-section (1) of section 6 and sub-sections (1) and (5) of section 7 shall be reasonable and no such fee shall be charged from the persons who are of below poverty line as may be determined by the appropriate Government.
No fee is payable for Below Poverty Line (BPL) applicants under the RTI Act.