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    What is the right format for an RTI application?

    Want to write an RTI application? Learn with expert advice what should be the format and words to use while filing such an application.

    Can you provide an RTI (Right to Information) application format best suited for use? I want to file an RTI application but don't know what should be the language format.

    Suggest some best lines which would sound good and be comprehensible. I heard that words like 'what' and 'how' are not acceptable in an RTI application. Is that correct?
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  • There is no specific format designed to get information from the concerned authority under RTI. A request can be made to the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) of the Department or the Office in writing in plain paper or through electronic means in Hindi or English or in regional language of the concerned state (if it relates to the State issue) specifying the particulars of the information sought for. He need not give any information as to why he requires the information or other personal details except those may be necessary for contacting him. The application should be supported by a fee of rupees ten by way of cash against proper receipt or demand draft or bankers cheque or IPO.

    What is the fee?

    (i) An application fee for obtaining information under sub-section (I) of section 6 - Rs.10/-
    (ii) On scrutiny of the application, Fee shall be charged for providing information under sub-section (I) of Section 7 as under;

    a. For each page of the information @ Rs.2/- per page per copy
    b. Actual charge of cost price of a copy in larger size paper;
    c. Actual cost or price for samples or models; and
    d. For inspection of records, no fee for the first hour; and a fee of rupees five for each subsequent hour (or fraction thereof);

    The time limit to get the information:
    (i) You will get the information within 30 days from the date of application.
    (ii) If it is concerned with the life and liberty of a Person - 48 hrs,
    (iii) In case, the requisite information within the specified period is not provided, it tantamount to refusal and liable for legal action.


  • There is no fixed format for the RTI application. All needs is to properly request the information for the specific query. For example if you want RTI feedback on the road related inquiry, then you have to write the application with necessary details. This application can be written on blank paper or you can do it through online process as well. Usually urgent matters are resolved through online query and the time limit for regular and the urgent process will vary considerably. You usually get the information within 15 days from the date of the application. But it can be as long as 30 days in some cases.

  • I do not agree with all the above authors who said" There is no fixed format for the RTI application". There is format for the applications as suggested in RTI Act 2005. At the innitial stage one should use Form A and along with requisite fee. There is Form A, form B, form C, Form D, Form E, Form G ,Form H. All the forms are attached here for reference.

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