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Ans. The basic object of the Right to Information Act is to empower the citizens, promote transparency and accountability in the working of the Government.

Ans. It comes into force on the 12th October 2005. The Act extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

Ans. As per Act, Information is any material in any form. It includes records, documents, memos, e-mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material held in any electronic form

Ans. As per act, it includes right to:

  • Obtain information in form of printouts, diskettes, floppies, tapes, video cassettes or in any other electronic mode or through printouts.
  • inspect works, documents, records.
  • take notes, extracts or certified copies

Ans. Apply in writing or through electronic means in English or Hindi or in the official language of the area, to the Public Information Officer (PIO), specifying the particulars of the information sought for.Pay fee as prescribed (no fee for BPL Category).


  • 30 days from the date of application
  • 35 days if the application is given to Assistant Public Information Officer (APIO)
  • 48 hours for the information concerning the life and liberty of a person


  • In Central Government, Fee is Rs. 10
  • In state Government, this may vary from state to state
  • Below Poverty Line( BPL) category applicant is exempted, however, he should submit a proof in support of his claim

Ans. One or more officers in every Government Department have been appointed as "Public Information Officers" (PIO). If you want some information, you need to file an application with the PIO. The PIOs are responsible for collecting information wanted by you and providing that information to you

Ans. You can submit the application with the PIO or APIO of the Government Department you are questioning.

Ans. No, you are not required to give any reasons other than your contact details (i.e. Name, Address etc.)

Ans No. The PIO cannot refuse to accept RTI Application. Even if, the information does not pertain to his department, he has to accept it and then he would have to transfer it to the right PIO within 5 days.


  • As per section 8 and 9 of the act, few categories of information are exempted. These include information received from foreign governments, information prejudicial to security, strategic, scientific or economic interests of the country, breach of privilege of legislatures, etc.
  • Information relating to allegations of corruption and human rights violations.

Ans. Yes such services are transferable from one post office to another post office anywhere in India by giving a written application.

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