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1. What is “Right to Information”?

“Right to information” means the right to information accessible under the Act which is held by or under the control of a public authority and includes the right to:-

  • Inspection of work, documents, records;
  • Taking notes, extracts, or certified copies of documents or records;
  • Taking certified samples of material;
  • Obtaining information in the form of diskettes, floppies, tapes, video cassettes or in any other electronic mode or through printouts where such information is stored in a computer or in any other device.

2. What type of information may be obtained under the RTI Act?

The type of information which may be obtained, as defined under section 2 (f) of the Act, includes any material in any form, including records, documents, memos, e-mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, log books, contracts, reports, papers, 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.

3. Who can seek information under the Right to Information Act, 2005?

Any Indian citizen can seek information under the Act.

4. To whom the application is to be addressed if information pertaining to the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) as a public authority is sought?

If the information is sought relating to this Department, the application may be addressed to the Central Public Information Officer, 5th Floor, Room No. 517, B-II Wing, Pandit Deendayal Antyodaya Bhawan, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003.

5. How is an application for seeking information to be made?

A request may be made in writing, either in Hindi or in English, to the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) of this Department alongwith the application fee of Rs. 10/- drawn in favour of the “P&AO, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan)”.  It may also be filed online at https://rtionline.gov.in

6. How much is the RTI application fee?

An application under sub-section (1) of Section 6 of the Act shall be accompanied by a fee of Rs. 10/- (Rupees ten) in terms of Department of Personnel & Training Gazette Notification No. GSR 603(E) dated 31.07.2012.

7. In which language a request may be made for seeking information?

As per section 6(1) of the RTI Act, a request may be made in English or Hindi or in the official language of the area in which the application is made.

8. Can the information or record relating to a third party or supplied by a third party and treated as confidential by the third party be supplied under the Act?

Such information may be supplied only after giving a written notice to the third party and taking into account the submission of the third party.  The information may be disclosed if the public interest in disclosure outweighs in importance any possible harm or injury to the interests of such third party.

9. Is there any Facilitation Desk functioning in the Department?

A Facilitation Desk is functioning at Pandit Deendayal Antyodaya Bhawan, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003 to acknowledge the receipt of RTI applications/First Appeals under the RTI Act, 2005.  The working hours are 0900 hrs to 1730 hrs on working days.

10. 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. 

11. Is there any specific Format of Application ?

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.

12. Is it required to give any reason for seeking information?

The information seeker is not required to give reasons for seeking information.

13. What is the Time Period for Supply of Information?

In normal course, information to an applicant shall be supplied within 30 days from the receipt of application by the public authority. 

14. Is there any provision of Appeal under the RTI Act?

If an applicant is not supplied information within the prescribed time of thirty days or is not satisfied with the information furnished to him, he may prefer an appeal to the first appellate authority who is an officer senior in rank to the Public Information Officer.  

15. What is the Time Period for making first appeal?

First appeal, should be filed within a period of thirty days from the date on which the limit of 30 days of supply of information is expired or from the date on which the information or decision of the Public Information Officer is received.

16. What is the Time Period for dispose of first appeal?

The first appellate authority of the public authority shall dispose of the first appeal within a period of thirty days of the receipt of the appeal.

17. Is there any scope for second appeal under the RTI Act?

If the first appellate authority fails to pass an order on the appeal within the prescribed period or if the appellant is not satisfied with the order of the first appellate authority, he may prefer a second appeal with the Central Information Commission within ninety days from the date on which the decision should have been made by the first appellate authority or was actually received by the appellant.

18. What is Third Party?

Third party in relation to the Act means a person other than the citizen who has made request for information and includes a public authority.

19. What is Third Party Information ?

Where a Central Public Information Officer 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 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 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.

20. 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.