There is no prescribed format of application for seeking information. The application can be made on plain paper. The application should, however, have the name and complete postal address of the applicant. Even in cases where the information is sought electronically, the application should contain the name and postal address of the applicant. The information seeker is not required to give reasons for seeking information.
A person who desires to seek some information from a public authority is required to send, along with the application, a demand draft or a banker’s cheque or an Indian Postal Order of Rs. 10/- (Rupees ten), payable to the Accounts Officer of the public authority as fee prescribed for seeking information. The payment of fee can also be made by way of cash to the Accounts Officer of the public authority or to the Assistant Public Information Officer against proper receipt. 19. The applicant may also be required to pay the further fee towards the cost of providing the information, details of which shall be intimated to the applicant by the PIO as prescribed by the Right to Information (Regulation of Fee and Cost) Rules, 2005. Rates of the fee as prescribed in the Rules are given below:
- Rupees two (Rs. 2/-) for each page ( in A-4 or A-3 size paper) created or copied;
- Actual charge or cost price of a copy in larger size paper; (c) actual cost or price for samples or models;
- For information provided in diskette or floppy, rupees fifty (Rs. 50/-) per diskette or floppy; and
- For information provided in printed form, at the price fixed for such publication or rupees two per page of photocopy for extracts from the publication. Top RTI Lawyers in India can help you in filing an RTI.
Assistance Available to the Applicant
If a person is unable to make a request in writing, he may seek the help of the Public Information Officer to write his application and the Public Information Officer should render him reasonable assistance. Where a decision is taken to give access to a sensorily disabled person to any document, the Public Information Officer shall provide such assistance to the person as may be appropriate for inspection.
Time Period for Supply of Information
In the normal course, information to an applicant shall be supplied within 30 days from the receipt of the application by the public authority. If the information sought concerns the life or liberty of a person, it shall be supplied within 48 hours. In case the application is sent through the Assistant Public Information Officer or it is sent to a wrong public authority, five days shall be added to the period of thirty days or 48 hours, as the case may be. Further details in this regard are given in the chapter, ‘For the Public Information Officers.
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