Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About RTI

What is RTI?

Right to Information (RTI) is an official act passed by parliament of India in 2005. RTI gives power to Indian citizens to seek information about any Indian Public Authority which is required to reply within 30 days.

What is a Public Authority?

A “public authority” is any authority or body or institution of self government established or constituted by or under the Constitution; or by any other law made by the Parliament or a State Legislature; or by notification issued or order made by the Central Government or a State Government. The bodies owned, controlled or substantially financed by the Central Government or a State Government and non-Government organisations substantially financed by the Central Government or a State Government also fall within the definition of public authority. The financing of the body or the NGO by the Government may be direct or indirect.

What is a Public Information Officer?

Public authorities have designated some of its officers as Public Information Officer. They are responsible to give information to a person who seeks information under the RTI Act.

To which Public Authority can I file a request through this portal?

An applicant who desires to obtain information under the RTI Act, 2005 can file request to any public authority in India.

How do I write my application for seeking the information as per RTI Act 2005?

Provide required information in the application form and the information you wish to obtain from under your RTI request. We will take care of further drafting of your RTI request.

How do I make the payment for RTI fee?

You can pay online using different payment modes including Paytm.

Do I get any receipt for online filing of RTI application?

On submission of an application, a unique registration number will be issued, which may be referred by the applicant for any future reference.

What will happen to my application if I select a wrong Public Authority in the RTI request form?

It may be noted that RTI applications filed to wrong public authority, would be returned, without any refund of fee.

Will I be informed about the additional fee (if any) is required to pay?

In case additional fee representing the cost is required for providing information, the CPIO will intimate the same, which can be viewed by the applicant through “View Status” option in the RTI Online Portal and an e-mail alert or SMS or both will also be sent to the applicant for the same.

For payment of additional fee online, the applicant needs to use the option ‘View Status’ in the RTI Online Portal and on providing the registration number of the request, option for “Make Payment” will be available.

How do I file an appeal with First Appellate Authority?

For making an appeal to the first Appellate Authority, the applicant has to select the option “Submit First Appeal” in the RTI Online Portal and fill up the form that will appear.

The registration number and e-mail ID of the original application is required for filing the first appeal.

Do I need to make any payment for filing an appeal?

Service charges will be applicable for the first appeal.

Do I get any SMS from RTIDirect portal?

Yes, the mobile number shall be provided by the applicant/ appellant in order to receive SMS alerts.

Is it mandatory to create user account on RTIDirect?

No. You can directly file your RTI on “Start New Application” tab.

Can I file online first appeal for any RTI application filed physically in the first place ?

No,Online first appeal can only be filed against previously filed online RTI application.

How can I View Status/Reply of my RTI Application or First Appeal?

Status/Reply of the RTI Application or First appeal filed online can be viewed by the applicant by clicking on “View Status”.