Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Right to Information Rules, 2012 - New provisions and amendment in RTI Act & Appeal Rules

(Department of Personnel and Training)
New Delhi, the 31st July, 2012

G.S.R. 603(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 27 of the Right to Information Act, 2005 (22 of 2005) and in supersession of the Central Information Commission (Appeal Procedure) Rules, 2005 and the Right to Information (Regulation of Fee and Cost) Rules, 2005 except as respects things done or omitted to be done before such supersession, the Central Government hereby makes the following rules, namely:—

I. Short title and commencement—
(1) These rules may be called the Right to Information Rules, 2012.
(2) They shall come into force on the date of their ptiblication in the Official Gazette. 2. Definitions.—In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires,—
(a) "Act" means the Right to Information Act, 2005 (22 of 2005);
(b) "Commission" means the Central Information Commission constituted under sub-section (I) of Section
12 of the Act;
(c) "First Appellate Authority" means an oficer in the public authority who is'senior in rank to the Central 
Public Information Oficer to whom an appeal under sub-section (1) of Section 19'cif the Act lies;
(d) "Registpar" means an oficer of the Commission so designated and includes an Additional Registrar, 
Joint Registrar and Deputy Registrar;
(e) "Section" means a Section of the Act;
(f)all other words and expressions used herein but not defined in these rules shall have the same meanings
assigned to them in the Act.

3. Application Fee.—An application under sub-section (I) of Section 6 of the Act shall be accompanied by a fee of rupees ten and shall ordinarily not contain more than five hundred words, excluding annexures, containing address of the Central Public Information Officer and that of the applicant:

Provided that no application shall be rejected only on the ground that it contains more than five hundred words. 
4. Fees for providing information.—Fee for providing information under sub-section (4) of Section 4 and sub-sections (1) and (5),of Section 7 of the Act shall be charged at the following rates, namely :--

(a) rupees two for each page in A-3 or smaller size paper;
(b) actual cost or price of a photocopy in large size paper;
(c) actual cost or price for samples or models;
(d) rupees fity per diskette or floppy;
(e) price fixed for a publication or rupees two per page of photocopy for extracts from the publication;
(f) no fee for inspection of records for the first hour of inspection and a fee of rupees 5 for each subsequent hour or fraction thereof; and
(g) so much of postal charge involved in supply of information that exceeds fity rupees.

5. Exemption from Payment of Fee.—No fee under rule 3 and rule 4 shall be charged from any person who, is below poverty line provided a copy of the certificate issued by the appropriate Government in this regard is submitted alongvvith the application.

6. Mode of Payment of fee.—Fees under these rules may be paid in any of the following manner, namely:

(a) in cash, to the public authority or to the Central Assistant Public Information Oicer of the public authority, 
as the case may be, against a proper receipt; or
(b) by demand drat or bankers cheque or Indian Postal Order payable to the Accounts Oficer of the public 
authority; or
(c) by electronic means to the Accounts Oficer of the public authority, if facility for receiving fees through 
electronic means is available with the public authority.

7. Appointment of Secretary to the Commission.—The Central Goveriunent shall appoint an oficer not below the rank of Additional Secretary to the Government of India as Secretary to the Commission.

8. Appeal to the Commission.—Any person aggrieved by an order passed by the First Appellate Authority or by non-disposal of his appeal by the First AppellateAuthority, may file an appeal to the Commission in the format given in the Appendix and shall be accompanied by the following documents, duly authenticated and verified by the appellant, namely :—

(i) a copy of the application submitted to the Central Public Information Oicer;
(ii) a copy of the reply received, if any, from the Central Public Information Oficer;
(iii) a copy of the appeal made to the First Appellate Authority;
(iv) a copy of the Order received, if any, from the First Appellate Authority;
(v) copies of other documents relied upon by the appellant and referred to in his appeal; and (vi) an index of the documents referred to in the appeal.

9. Return of Appeal.—An appeal may be returned to the appellant, if it is not accompanied by the documents as specified in rule 8, for removing the deficiencies and filing the appeal complete in all respects.

10. Process of appeal.--
(1) On receipt of an appeal, if the Commission is not satisfied that it is a fit case to proceed with, it may, ater giving an opportunity of being heard to the appellant and ater recording its reasons, dismiss the appeal:
Provided that no appeal shall be dismissed only on the ground that it has not been made in the specified format if it is accompanied by documents as specified in rule 8.

(2) The Commission shall not consider an appeal unless it is satisfied that the appellant has availed of all the remedies available to him under the Act.

(3) For the purposes of sub-rule (2), a person shall be deemed to have availed of all the remedies available to him under the Act:

(a) if he had filed an appeal before the First Appellate Authority and the First Appellate Authority or any other person competent to pass order on such appeal had made a final order on the appeal; or
(b) where no final order has been made by the First Appellate Authority with regard to the appeal preferred, and a period of forty five days from the date on which such appeal was preferred has elapsed.

11. Procedure for deciding appeals.—The Commission, while deciding an appeal may.—
(i) receive oral or written evidence on oath or on affidavit from concerned or interested person; 
(ii) peruse or inspect documents, public records or copies thereof;
(iii) inquire through authorised officer further details or facts;
(iv) hear Central Public Information Oficer, Central Assistant Public Information Oficer or the First Appellate 
Authority, or such person against whose action the appeal is preferred, as the case may be;
(v) hear third party; and
(vi) receive evidence on afidavits from Central Public Information Officer, Central Assistant Public Information Officer, First Appellate Authority and such other person against whom the appeal lies or the third party.

12. Presence of the appellant before the Commission.—
(1) The appellant shall be informed of the date at least seven clear days before the date of hearing.

(2) The appellant may be present in person or through his duly authorised representative or through video 
conferencing, if the facility of video conferencing is available, at the time of hearing of the appeal by the 

(3) .Where the Commission is satisfied that the circumstances exist due to which the appellant is unable to attend the hearing, then, the Commission may afford the appellant another opportunity of being heard before a final decision is taken or take any other appropriate action 'as it may deem it.

13. Presentation by the Public Authority.—The public authority may authorise any representative or any of its officers to present its case.

14. Service of notice by Commission.—The Commission may issue the notice by name, which shall be served in any of the following modes, namely:—
(i) service by the party itself;
(ii) by hand delivery (dasti) through Process Server;
(iii) by registered post with acknowledgement due;
(iv) by electronic mail in case electronic address is available.
15. Order of the Commission.—The order of the Commission shall be in writing and issued under the seal of the Commission duly authenticated by the Registrar or any other officer authorised by the Commission for this purpose.

[F. No. I/35/2009-1R]


(See Rule 8)

I. Name and address of the appellant

2. Name and address of the Central Public Information Officer to whom
the application was addressed

3 Name and address of the Central Public Information Officer who gave
reply to the Application

4. Name and address the First Appellate Authority Who decided the
First Appeal

5. Particulars of the application

6. Particulars of the order(s) including number, if any, against which the
appeal is preferred

7. Brief facts leading to the appeal

8. Prayer or relief sought

9. Grounds for the prayer or relief

10. Any other information relevant to the appeal

11. Verification/authentication by the appellant

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  1. RTI Act is one of the best enactments.It should be used for the public benefit responsibly both by the applicants, public authorities and the state and the central information commissions.Strict action i.e financial penalties/disciplinary actions are needed against the negligent public authorities.I had to file second appeal before the C.I.C., because neither the SPIO gave the information/response on my RTI application delivered to him on 202-2012 nor the ist A.A. decided my 1st appeal delivered to his office on 14-05-2012. Do they deserve any leniency ?If such is the treatment to the RTI Act,that only leads to the harassment of the sufferer information seekers information seeker

  2. how can we get new RTI act for compassionate ground appointment


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