Right to Information, abbreviated as RTI is an act passed by the Government of India( 2005) to set a practical regime of right to information to secure access to information that is available under the control of public authorities. Here, “Public Authority” refers to the body or authority established by order or notification of government-approved bodies like “owned, controlled or substantially financed” by the government. The objective is the promotion of transparency and accountability exclusively in the working of public authorities. Below are the steps to the file RTI online.
Here’s a brief idea About the RTI Online Portal.
This Web Portal is available for Indian citizens. With the RTI online, they can file RTI applications online and make payment for RTI applications online. Besides, they will also get many conveniences in terms of making the first appeal filed online.
The applicant must make a request through this official Web Portal to the Ministries/Departments of Government of India. They’ll get an easy to use interface with the “Submit Request”, where the applicant has to fill the required details. * marked fields are mandatory while some other fields are optional. The applicant while filing it must place the text of the application at the prescribed column. Presently, the system confines the use of 3000 characters only. But, sometimes the candidate may require to associate more than 3000 characters. Song so is possible by uploading them as an attachment, by using “Supporting document”.
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As per the RTI Act, you don’t have to pay a fee for the first appeal. The applicant/appellant must submit a mobile number to receive SMS alert and notifications. You can also check the status of the RTI application/first appeal by the applicant/appellant option clicking at “View Status”.
The applicant needs to complete the payment procedure by making the prescribed fee through any of the following:
(a) Internet banking SBI;
(b) credit/debit card of Master/Visa;
(c) RuPay Card.
The URL is: https://rtionline.gov.in
Steps to File an RTI:
- Click on the submit request option for submitting RTI application. You can do so after filling up the necessary columns
- Here you can see the ‘Guidelines for use of RTI ONLINE PORTAL’ screen that contains various guidelines for the RTI online portal. The applicant must click on the checkbox ‘I have read and understood the above guidelines’ >>> proceed towards clicking on submit button.
- Here the applicant will see the Online RTI Request Form screen. The applicant must then choose the Ministry or Department for which he or she is wanting to file an RTI. You can do so by selecting the Ministry/Department/Apex body dropdown.
- After this, the applicant will receive SMS alerts after providing a mobile number. Always keep in mind that the * are mandatory while the others are optional.
- For people belonging to the BPL category, he or she has to select ‘Yes’ in the section ‘Is the applicant below the poverty line?’ >>>upload a BPL card certificate. Remember to associate it in the supporting document field. (Always remember that you don’t have to pay an RTI fee if you’re a candidate of below poverty line category as per the RTI Rules, 2012)
- When you submit the application, you’ll get a unique registration number. You can use it for further references in the future.
- Select ‘No’ in ‘Is the applicant below the poverty line?’ field of you’re not from the BPL category>>>pay Rs 10.
- After filling the details>>>click on ‘make payment’.
- Here you’ll get the Online Request Payment form. Make payment through internet banking, ATM-cum-debit card, or credit card.
- As you click on ‘Pay’, you will be directed to the SBI payment gateway. After that, you’ll be again redirected to RTI Online Portal.
- You will get an email and an SMS alert on submission.
You can use only A-Z a-z number 0-9 and special characters , . – _ ( ) / @ : & %
The application through this RTI online web portal reaches electronically to the nodal officer of the concerned Ministry/Department. Only after that, it will proceed electronically to the concerned CPIO.
Making an Appeal to the First Appellate Authority:
Click at “Submit First Appeal” >>> fill up the page. In this case, you’ve to use the registration number of the original application for reference.
What do to if my RTI request is rejected?
There is a difference between RTI Request and Appeal.
RTI Request refers to the procedure of filing application for the first time. This procedure involves only the citizen and PIO. On the contrary, RTI Appeal refers to appeal before senior officer against the decision taken by the PIO. This comes inclusive of the third party Appellate Authority, the citizen, and the PIO.
The appeal is filed in case the citizen is not satisfied with the reply that is obtained from PIO or in case the PIO anyhow chooses to reject the request for information.
I hope you liked the guide about how to file an RTI. If you want further information, you can look up for the same on the official website.