RTI

In every Government Department, Commission, Authority or Board – whether State or Central Government – one or more officers have been designated as Public Information Officers (PIOs). The PIO acts as the nodal officer for the implementation of Right to Information in that office. He is supposed to receive applications from the people, collect the information solicited from his office and provide that to the applicant. In some public authorities which are very huge, a number of officers have been designated as PIOs. 

HOW TO FILE AN RTI APPLICATION

Any person desirous of obtaining information should apply on a plain paper to the concerned PIO. There is no specific form or template in which the application must be submitted though some state governments have prescribed their own application forms. You should deposit Rs 10 application fee. This could be deposited either in cash or through DD or postal order. For RTI petitions in Tamil Nadu, the applicant can simply affix a court fee stamp. Fee rules are different for different state governments. 

An RTI application format:

Dated:

To

The PIO,

(Name and address of the Department)

Sub: Application under RTI Act 2005

Dear Sir,

I request you to furnish the following information under the Right to Information Act, 2005: 

1.

2.

3.

4.

Please find enclosed charges of Rs.10/- as prescribed fee for the information requested.  I agree to pay additional charges, if any, towards the information.

OR 

I am a person below poverty line. (Attach a photocopy of the proof).I need not pay fees.

Yours sincerely,

How to file a First Appeal

First Appeal is sent to the First appellate authority of the department, who is generally a senior member of the same department, when information initially asked is not answered or insufficiently answered.

First appeal can be filed 30 days after the delivery of your application to the required department. In some cases when the fresh RTI application is sent to the Assistant PIO this period is extended to 35 days. Appellate Officer (AO) shall take due action in 15 days.

Second Appeal

If you are dissatisfied with the action taken by the AO, you can appeal (within 30 days) to the Central / State Information Commission [C/SIC] (as applicable). 

In case of mala fide denial of request the IC concerned shall penalise the erring PIO, as per the provisions of the Act.

Note: ICs are not bound by any time limit to decide upon your appeals. Decisions of ICs are binding.

Model letter for First Appeal 

The Appellate Officer  

(Name of the Public Authority) 

(Address of the Public Authority) 

              An appeal under Section 19(1) of the Right to Information Act, 2005 

              Ref:  [PIO/Appellate Officers’ Decision Reference No. & Date, received              

              on……. (Date) /Date of Deemed Refusal] 

Dear Sir / Madam:  

[Please Describe the details about Appeal and Grounds why Appeal is preferred:  

  

     Date & Description of the Application: 

     Name and Address of the PIO:  

     Details of Decision of the PIO:  

     Grounds of Appeal: 

     Relief sought: 

 

For hearing, I wish to be present in person / opt not be present / I will send my duly authorised representative.   

Sincerely, 

(Appellant’s signature) 

Appellant’s Name: 

Appellant’s Address: 

Appellant’s Phone Number / e-Mail Address (optional): 

Place: 

Encl: self-attested copies of orders or documents against which the appeal is preferred. 

Note: This is a suggested format, and need not be necessarily adhered to. The RTI Act, 2005 does not specify any ‘Model Letter of Appeal’ for preferring appeal. If there is any delay in filing the appeal, reasons for delay may be given.

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICERS (PIO) AND APPELLATE AUTHORITY OF VARIOUS ELECTRICITY DEPARTMENTS 

 

In pursuance of provisions of section 5 (1) of the Right to Information Act 2005 (Act 22 of 2005), the organizations below have designated the following officers as Public Information Officers.

TANGEDCO

Appellate Authority

State Public Information Officer

State Asst. Public Information Officer

TNERC

Thiru V Prabhu Kumar

Public Relations Officer

Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission

No 19A, Rukmini Lakshmipathy Salai

Egmore, Chennai - 600 008.

Phone : 044-28411376,28411378,28411379 

Fax : 044-28411377

email : tnerc@nic.in

Appellate Authority

Thiru S.Gunasekaran

Secretary

Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission

No 19A, Rukmini Lakshmipathy Salai

Egmore, Chennai - 600 008.

Phone : 044-28411376,28411378,28411379 

Fax : 044-28411377

email : tnerc@nic.in

TANTRANSCO

The contact details of the Appellate Authority and state Public Information Officers in Offices in Headquarters and Field offices.

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TNEI

The contact details of Appellate Authority and state Public Information Officers of TNEI Chapter 6 (Manual 5)

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