An applicant sends RTI application say on 15Jan by Speed post to an office in Delhi. Obviously, it reaches there next day or the day next. However, it is found that the application is registered in the RTI Cell of the Public Authority say on 5th of February --- i mean twenty days' later.
With many public authorities now-a-days they have an online monitoring which the RTI applicants can use to find out the status of their petitions. And, from such an online mechanism one comes to know that his/her application has been registered 20 days after it was "posted"----( could be 18 or 19 days after receipt, just for an example).
My question is as to from which date the counting of the mandated time period of 30 days starts? With some of the public authorities, this is almost a routine practice. My view is that it is for the Public authority to set its house in order to ensure that the RTI application is registered as soon as it is received. What does the RTI laws say about it ?
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