Ans: “Information” means any material in any form, including Records, Document, Memos, e-mails, Opinions, Advices, Press releases, Circulars, Orders, Logbooks, Contracts, Reports, Samples, Models, Data material held in any electronic form and information relating to any private body which can be accessed by a Public Authority under any other law for the time being in force.
Ans: Section -6(3): Where an application is made to a Public Authority requesting for information:
- Which is held by another public authority; or
- The subject matter of which is more closely connected with the functions of another Public Authority
The Public Authority, to which such application is made, shall transfer the application or such part of it as may be appropriate to the other Public Authority and inform the applicant immediately about such transfer.
Such application shall be transferred within 05(five) days from the date of receipt of the application.
Ans: Section-7(1): Subject to the proviso to sub-section(2) of section 5 or the proviso to sub-section (3) of section6, the Central public information officer or state Public Information Officer, as the case may be, on receipt of a request under section 6 shall, as expeditiously as possible, and in any case within 30(Thirty) days of the receipt of the request, either provide the information on payment of such fee as may be prescribed or reject the request for any of the reasons specified in sections 8and 9. If the sought information concerns the life or liberty of a person, in such case information shall be provided within 48(Forty-eight) hours of the receipt of the request.
Ans: Section -7(6): Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (5) of section -5,the person making request for the information shall be provided the information free of charge where a public authority fails to comply with the time limits specified in sub –section(1).
Ans: Section 7(9): Information shall ordinarily be provided in the form in which it is sought unless it would disproportionately divert the resources of the Public Authority or would be detrimental to the safety or preservation of the record in question.
Ans: Section-8 (1): Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, there shall be no obligation to give any citizen, Introduction which would impede the process of investigation or apprehension or prosecution of offenders;
Ans: Section -11(1): Where a Central Public Information Officer or a State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, intends to disclose any information or record or part thereof on a request made under this Act, which relates to or has been supplied by a third party and has been treated as confidential by that third party, the Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, shall within five days from the receipt of the request, give a written notice to such third party of the request and of the fact that the Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, intends to disclose the information or record, or part thereof, and invite the third party to make a submission in writing or orally, regarding whether the information should be disclosed ,and such submission of the third party shall be kept in view while taking a decision about disclosure of information.
Ans: Section -19(1): Any person who, does not receive a decision within the time specified in sub-section(1) in clause(a) of sub-section(3) of section 7, or is aggrieved by a decision of the Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, may within thirty days from the expiry of such period or from the receipt of such a decision prefer an appeal to such officer who is senior in rank to the Central Public Authority. Provided that such officer may admit the appeal after the expiry of the period of thirty days if he or she is satisfied that the appellant was prevented by sufficient cause from filing the appeal in time.
Ans: Section-19(3): A second appeal against the decision under sub-section (1) of Section-19 shall lie within 90(ninety)days from the date on which the decision should have been made or was actually received, with the Central Information Commission or the State Information Commission. Provided that the Central Information Commission or the State Information Commission, as the case may be, may admit the appeal after the expiry of the period of 90 (ninety) days if it is satisfied that the appellant was prevented by sufficient cause from filing the appeal in time.
Ans: Section-19(6): An appeal under section19 (1) or section19(2) shall be disposed of within 30(thirty)days of the receipt of the appeal or within such extended period not exceeding a total of 45 (forty-five) days from the date of filing thereof, as the case may be, for reason to be recorded in writing.
Ans: Section-20(1):Where the Central Information Commission or the State Information Commission, as the case may be, at the time of deciding any complaint or appeal is of the opinion that the Central Public Information Officer or the State Public Information Officer, as the case may be has, without aby reasonable cause, refused to receive an application for information or has not furnished information within the tie specified under sub-section (1) of section 7 or malafidely denied the request for information or knowingly given incorrect, incomplete or misleading information or destroyed information which was the subject of the request or obstructed in any manner in furnishing the information, it shall impose a penalty of Rs 250(Two hundred and fifty) each day till application is received or information is furnished, so however, the total amount of such penalty shall not exceed twenty-five thousand rupees.
The burden of proving that he acted reasonably and diligently shall be on the central public information officer or the State Public Information Officer, as the case may be.
Ans: Each Central School is nominated as Principal, Assistant Public Information Officer. While there are no principal posts and deputy principals are working there, the Deputy Principal is nominated as Assistant Public Information Officer. In the event of not having both principal and sub-principal, senior teacher is nominated by the respective Regional Office as Assistant Public Information Officer. The Regional Office in which the Administrative Officer is vacant in the vacancy, the Senior Assistant Commissioner is nominated by the Regional Office as Public Information Officer.
- A request for obtaining information under sub-section (1) of section 6 shall be accompanied by an application by an application fee of rupees ten by way of cash against proper receipt or by demand draft or bankers cheque payable to the accounts officers of the public authority.
- For providing the information under sub-section (1) of section7, the fee shall be charged by way of cash against proper receipt or by demand draft or Bankers cheque payable to the accounts officers of the public authority at the following rates.
- Rupees two 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;
- Actual cost or price for samples or models; and
- For inspection of records, no free for the first hour; and a fee of rupees five for each fifteen minutes (or fraction thereof) thereafter.
- For providing the information under sub-section (5) of section 7 the fee shall be charged by way of cash against proper receipt or by demand draft or Bankers cheque payable to the Accounts Officer of the public authority at the following rates-
- For information provided in diskette or floppy rupees fifty 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.
Ans: An applicant who desires to obtain information under the RTI Act, 2005 can make a request through this RTI Online Portal to the Central Kendriya Vidyalaya sangathan and other Central Public Authorities mentioned in online RTI request form.
Ans: The text of the application may be written in the prescribed column of the RTI request form. At present, the text of the application is confined up to 3000 characters only. In case, the text of an application contains more than 3000 characters, it can be uploaded as a PDF attachment in the “Supporting Document” column of the form.
Ans: After filling the first page of the RTI request form, a non-BPL applicant has to click on “Make Payment” button for payment of the prescribed RTI fee.
The applicant can pay the prescribed RTI fee through the following modes:
- Internet banking through SBI and its associated banks.
- Using ATM-cum-Debit card of State Bank of India.
- Credit/Debit card of Master/Visa.
It may be noted that no RTI fee is required to be paid by a citizen who is below poverty line, as per RTI Rules, 2012. However, the BPL applicant must attach a copy of the certificate issued by the appropriate government in this regard, along with the application.
Ans: On submission of an application, a unique registration number will be issued, which may be referred by the applicant for any future reference. It may be noted that the application filed through this RTI Online Portal will reach electronically to the “Nodal Officer” of the said Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan and “Not” to the CPIO of the concerned Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan.
The Nodal Officer will transmit the RTI application electronically to the concerned CPIO.
Ans: In case the RTI application is not meant for the Public authority which has been selected by the applicant, the “Nodal Officer” of the said public authority would transfer the application electronically to the “Nodal Officer” of the concerned Central Public authority, if aligned to this portal and physically to that Central Public authority which is not aligned to this portal, under section 6(3) of the RTI Act.
It may be noted that RTI applications filed through this portal for the state public authorities, including NCT of Delhi, would be returned, without any refund of fee.
Ans: :- 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.
Ans: 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.
Ans: As per RTI Act, no fee has to be paid for first appeal.
Ans: Though optional, the mobile number can be provided by the applicant/ appellant in order to receive SMS alerts.
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Ans: No. You can directly file your RTI on “Submit Request” tab.
Ans: Use the “Forget Password” utility to regenerate new password. It may be noted that new password would be sent at your registered email ID.
Ans: You may call the RTI helpdesk or send an e-mail at helprtionline-dopt[at]nic[dot]in, requesting to reset your password.
Ans: An Activation Key will be sent on your email ID provided during registration. This Activation Key can be used to activate the account on first login.
Provision for re-generation of Activation key is also available after first login or before activation of the user account. The new activation key will be sent on your registered email-id.
Ans: Kindly wait for the 48 working hours as registration number will be generated after reconciliation. If it is not generated within 48 hours kindly send an e-mail at helprtionline-dopt[at]nic[dot]in with your transaction details.
Ans: This may happen under following two situation:
- When your RTI application has been physically transferred to other public authority, which is not aligned to this portal. In such a case, you are required to file your appeal in physical mode to the concerned public authority.
- Another case can be if your RTI application has not been replied to by CPIO and 30 days period has not lapsed. In such a case, you may file first appeal only after completion of stipulated time period of 30 days.
Ans: Please do not get confused. Password encryption is a security measure. Whenever you enter your password it gets encrypted instantaneously. While registering your account kindly provide same password in two fields i.e. password & confirm password fields respectively.
Ans: No, Online first appeal can only be filed against previously filed online RTI application.
Ans: If you have opted to file RTI or First Appeal directly i.e without logging into your user account, then in such cases you will not be able to see the filed RTI or Appeal in your registered account’s history.
Ans: This is the case where in your RTI application has been forwarded to multiple CPIOs since the information sought lies with more than one PIO.
Ans: Status/Reply of the RTI Application or First appeal filed online can be viewed by the applicant by clicking on “View Status”.
Ans: Registration Number are generated after reconciliation of bank scrolls for cases whose numbers are not generated instantly after the payment. This procedure may take 48 working hours. If someone still does not receive the Registration Number, They may contact their respective bank for refund of amount.
Ans: When a Public Authority request for supporting document, an alert is sent to the applicant to his/her Mobile or Email Id. In such situation, the applicant is requested to visit the RTI Online Website and enter the details in ‘View Status’. Once the detail is entered, the current status of the RTI application is shown along with the option for uploading the supporting document.
Ans: Helpline mail id is exclusively meant for queries or problem being faced while filing the online RTI through this portal. Please do not send mail to this helpline for any other matter or asking for any other details. The reply is limited to RTI online portal of Central Government only.
Ans: The application can be either in:
- Hindi, or
- The official language of the area in which application is being made.
As per Rule 26 of the erstwhile CIC (Management) Regulation, 2007 which have been quashed by the Delhi High Court, the second appeal or a reply to it can be filed before the CIC in English or Hindi only or should be accompanied by a certified translated version of it in English or Hindi.
- The applicant should be a citizen of India.
- The application should contain the particulars of information sought.
- The evidence of payment of application fee should be enclosed.
- The address of the applicant should be available for sending a reply.
Personal details except those necessary for contacting an applicant are neither required to be mentioned nor can be called for by the PIO.
Ans: The RTI Act does not prescribe a limit on the number of questions being asked in a single application or the number of words that an application should be limited to. However, a very lengthy application covering many issues spread over multiple public authorities gives an impression that the applicant is not serious and his intention is to harass the public authority.
Therefore, an applicant should avoid bundling a series of requests relating to multiple public authorities into one application. They should preferably be drafted as separate applications and paid for accordingly.
Ans: Ordinarily no proof of citizenship is required to be submitted along with the application nor is the PIO expected to ask for a proof. However, in certain exceptional circumstances, a PIO may ask for the proof for example, if he has reason to believe that the application has not been filed by a citizen or if there is a doubt whether the applicant is an Indian citizen.
Ans: The required photocopies may be provided only after deposit of requisite fees., hence applicant may deposit in the form of Cash/DD or Bankers Cheque or IPO in favour of Accounts Officer, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (HQ) payable at Delhi.