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If you do not receive a decision from the PIO within 30 days, you can file an appeal against the decision of the PIO before an officer who is senior to the PIO. You need to file this appeal within 30 days. This time period may be extended if the officer feels that the delay is justified.
Usually, the public authority will state who the appellate authority is on its website or at its office. This will be an officer who is senior in rank to the PIO. A third party can also file an appeal within 30 days of the date of the order by the PIO.
If you are not satisfied with the first appeal decision, you can make a second appeal within 90 days to Central Information Commission or the State Information Commission by following the suggested format for the second appeal.
The responsibility of proving that the refusal to provide information was justified lies squarely on the PIO who refused this information. The Information Commission should finish the appeal in 30 days. This can be extended to forty-five days with reasons being recorded for the extension.
In order to make a decision, the Information Commission can ask the public authority to:
- provide information in a particular manner
- appoint a PIO
- publish relevant information
- manage records properly
- conduct training programmes for officials
- provide an annual report
- provide compensation to any complainant
It can also impose penalties and reject specific applications.2