Please read the whole thread above.
s.8(1) (a - j ) relates to categories of information exempted from disclosure .
S.8(3) prescribes that any information which is more than 20 years old (from date of request ) is to be provided , but this will not apply to s.8(1) (a , c , i ) . that is , provisions of s.8(1) (a , c , i ) will still sustain .
The period of 20 years - it will be decided by central govt in case of any dispute .
you may yourself conduct Inspection of records by submitting RTI request , you may be able to locate it .
Then I think Sec.8(3) is redundant. I request this may be discussed with the forum members.
Limitation of 20 years mentioned in S.8(3) is with regard to information exempted. That means, any information exempted under S.8 excluding those falling under S.8(1)(a)(c) and (i) are required to be disclosed after 20 years.
Otherwise, there is no time limit for seeking / supplying records so long as such records are retained and available with public authority.
It is better to ascertain the Record Retention Schedule of the public authority concerned, to examine whether record in question is available with public authority.
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How old records can be sought in RTI? Often it has been seen that to harass officials, RTI queries are made for 7-8 years old records covering plethora of activities so that the officials becomes burdened with the query reply process.
Any old info/record can be sought under RTI & applicant is entitled (sub to provisions of sec 8 & 9)to get it if it is HELD. Office records are weeded out after certain fixed period & if weeded out, applicant be informed accordingly. RTI cannot be MISUSED as it has enough provisions to deal with the same. Please refer Sec 8 & 9 of the RTI act.