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:—
Information Rules, 2012.
Official Gazette. 2. Definitions.—In these rules, unless the context otherwise
(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 Section12 of the Act;(c) “First Appellate Authority” means an oficer in the public authority who
is’senior in rank to the CentralPublic 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 meaningsassigned to them in the Act.
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.
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
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.
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 publicauthority; or(c) by electronic means to the Accounts Oficer of the public authority, if
facility for receiving fees throughelectronic means is available with the
appoint an oficer not below the rank of Additional Secretary to the Government
of India as Secretary to the Commission.
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
(ii) a copy of the reply received, if any, from the Central Public
(iii) a copy of the appeal made to the First Appellate
(iv) a copy of the Order received, if any, from the First
(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.
accompanied by the documents as specified in rule 8, for removing the
deficiencies and filing the appeal complete in all respects.
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:
been made in the specified format if it is accompanied by documents as specified
in rule 8.
the appellant has availed of all the remedies available to him under the Act.
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.
(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 AppellateAuthority, 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.
be informed of the date at least seven clear days before the date of hearing.
representative or through video
conferencing is available, at the time of hearing of the appeal by the
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.
any representative or any of its officers to present its case.
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.
and issued under the seal of the Commission duly authenticated by the Registrar
or any other officer authorised by the Commission for this purpose.