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An RTI Application Form is a letter through which an Indian citizen can request information from the offices and departments of the state and central governments, also known as "Public Authority". This can be used for any kind of information which is supposed to be in public knowledge.
An RTI Application specifies the information sought from the department and the period for which the information is required. This letter can be used to seek information from the Central Government to Local Governments and any such public offices. This includes:
1. Disclosure on their organization, functions and structures;
2. Powers and duties of its officers and employees;
3. Financial information.
The right to information is regulated under the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act).
The Public Authority includes bodies of self-government established under the constitution or under any law or government notification. It also includes any entities (for instance Non-Government Organization) owned, controlled or substantially financed by the government.
Under the RTI Act, Public Authorities (government officials) are required to disclose various aspects of their structure and functions. The Right to Information under the RTI Act includes the right to:
Some information, however, is restricted information and cannot be disclosed under the RTI Act. Restricted Information includes:
An Indian citizen can only use this Application Letter to request any information from the public offices and departments in India. Any citizen of India has the right to get the Information sought within 30 days from the date of application, but the period can be extended in exceptional situations. If the information sought is voluminous or the inspection is required, then the Applicant through this letter can apply for allowing a time slot for inspection of the public documents.
How to use this document?
This document includes the mandatory information such as details of the department, the information sought, supporting documents, details of the Applicant and so on. The information/documents sought must be clear and specific to avoid any delay or confusion.
After filling this letter, the Applicant shall sign the document. The Application can be submitted to the concerned department either through an online or an offline method. The name and address of the concerned Authority can be found at their respective websites.
RTI Application fee may be in the range of Rs 10/- to Rs 100/- (subject to states and UT's).
A copy of the Application can be kept by the Applicant for any future reference. If the RTI Application is submitted directly at the office, it is better to take acknowledgement from the concerned officer.
For more information, the Right to Information Act, 2005 can be referred to.
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Other names for the document: Application for obtaining information under the RTI Act, 2005, Application to Inspect Public Documents, Information Request Letter, Letter to Request Information from the Block Office, Public Document Request Letter