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    Filing RTI applications to become simpler

    NEW DELHI, JUNE 19: The Central Information Commission (CIC) has come up with a ‘codified set of regulations’, to simplify the process for filing RTI applications. These regulations will help in countering the longstanding problem of dealing with frivolous complaints.

    The regulations, which will be uploaded on the Commission website tomorrow, will inform applicants, among other things, about how to properly document, scrutinise and complete the forms in order to be admitted for appeal before the CIC. The CIC will henceforth bring out a cause list of the cases coming up for hearing. It will also have a Registry to scrutinise, format and properly document applications. It will also see whether the application is time barred and thus help in early disposal of cases.

    According to the new regulations, a full bench hearing a case will now comprise three members instead of the existing practice of the full commission sitting for a hearing. Applicants will also be informed whether the matter is to be put up before a single bench, a division bench or the full bench. Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah said, “This will make the whole process more systematic. At the same time, it will help the public to know how the CIC functions and how their cases are dealt with.” The CIC had in the past tried coming up with a cause list but it didn’t work.

    “Till now, cases without proper documentation were also listed for hearing just because they were marked to the Commissioner. This ended in wasting time. But now the CIC hopes that the process of hearing a case will not be lengthy,” Habibullah said.

    IndianExpress.com :: Filing RTI applications to become simpler



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    Letus see how it works
    S.c.maheshwari

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    Thats a welcome step considering the work load of RTI appeal with CIC. This will not only help in organizing things togather. I believe there can be many cases where CIC can combine application on the same subject and give a common judgment.
    Say the case of delay in providing information related with the passport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maneesh View Post
    Thats a welcome step considering the work load of RTI appeal with CIC. This will not only help in organizing things togather. I believe there can be many cases where CIC can combine application on the same subject and give a common judgment.
    Say the case of delay in providing information related with the passport.
    what is the link to file RTI online?
    Please provide me the link

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    jim,

    There is no possibility as of now to file your RTI online EXCEPT with the CIC.
    In that case, your application fee has to be sent to them by post, etc.

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    Hello my friends,


    We are going to start an online service to file RTI's for free in a weeks time. The platform will be very simple where the user will have to fill out the address of PIO and their RTI request into a formatted page. We will print out the request and file the RTI, we will also subsidize the Rs 10 filing fees. Once we get a reply we will scan it and email it to the enquirer who can decide on what steps to take next.

    We believe this service can help a lot of people file RTI's conveniently get more information from the government.

    We would like to know the thoughts of the RTI community on this before we launch our service.

    Please feel free to comment here publicly or you can mail your suggestions to me at rsingh [at] raaci [dot] in

    Sincerely,
    Raj Singh

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    But How a signature in hard copy is possible ?
    How many common citizens can benefit out of this technically advanced facility ?
    However, every new move to help in advancement of information seeking is welcome and let us wish all the best for new proposition.
    When there are several frauds perpetrated through on line system, taking a clue, some persons who wish to block mail authorities may misuse such information by opening such sites , hence credibility is more important.

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    Hello Mr Prasad and everyone else, The team raaci already has a website to share RTI's and has been launched last year ( raaci.in ) , we also have been in touch with Mr. Surendra Bhanot and Mr C. J Karaira. There are no ulterior motives and as you can see in the website. All RTI's are filed as a third party and the enquirer remains anonymous. BTW I do not think the RTI act at any places states that " hard copy signatures" are necessary. what about people who are illiterate ? We at YourAdhikar will take care of that though.

    We at RAACI have been working on an RTI filing engine which helps anyone file an RTI for free. We plan to launch it in a week or so and wanted to get your feed back on it. You can visit the site at : Your Adhikar - File RTIs for FREE automatically

    We plan to automate most of the work including the PIO identification and the purchase of IPO. For now the users will have to input the PIO name, address and the RTI enquiry questions. The user can then review and submit the RTI. YourAdhikar will print the RTI application and also complete all formalities and send the application to the concerned authorities, the reply will then be scanned and emailed to the enquirer. The service is absolutely free.

    We aim to make it extremely easy for anyone to file an RTI, in the process we also increase the database of RTI's and all the RTI's ( public RTI's which have agreed by users to share) will be searchable online. We plan to integrate an extremely intuitive timeline view for each RTI and each case.

    It would be great if you can review the site once and let us know of what you think about it, any recommendations, suggestions and criticism are most welcome. We will need your help in popularizing the service and making it easy for thousands of people to file RTI's.

    Sincerely,
    Raj

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