As a Government official who has been extensively trained and is presently training others, I am giving this reply:-
(a) First and foremost thing is to frame querstion properly. If a person is genuinely interested to elicit information, the questions must be framed properly, point-wise, seeking specific information. I have seen many RTI applications which are not properly framed. These applicationds do not receive adequate information becausee of wrong framing of questions.
(b) The most important thing is to find out the CPIO of the Department from which the information is sought. The RTI application must be sent to appropriate authority. Otherwise, the applicant may not receive appropriate information.
(c) If the information which is being sought involves more than one Department, separatee RTI applications are required to be sent to the appropriate Departments.
(d) The applicant must not forget to attach Demand Draft of Rs. 10/- with each application.
(e) If the applicant is not satisfied with the reply, he/she must approach the appellate authority. The RTI reply contains the name and address of the appellate authority.
(f) Excessive number of questions should not be sent in a single application. It may not be possible for a Department to answer more than 10 questions in a proper manner. Although there is no such rule to limit number of question, but to get specific information, the number of questions must be within a reasonable limit.
(g) The applicant must not forget to indicate his/her own name along with correct postal address in the RTI application. I have seen many applications without the address of the senders. Needless to state that these applications cannot be replied.
Beware! I question everything and everybody.