Request to Obtain Information

Last updated on Jun 14, 2022

The RTI application can be in either English, Hindi or the official language of the area. The application should be in writing. It can be submitted personally, through post, e-mail or through online portals. For public authorities under the Central Government, there is an online forum where RTI applications can be made directly. You can also access step-by-step guidelines on how to send an application through the online portal.

If someone cannot make the request because they are illiterate or unable to write, the Public Information Office (PIO) has a duty to help the person so that they can take down the request and put it in writing. If the application is sent to the wrong public authority by mistake, the PIO who receives this application has a duty to transfer it within five days. 

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