Right to Information is a fundamental right and is an aspect of Article 19 (1)(a) of the Indian Constitution. Yet, some intelligence and security organizations are exempt from furnishing information under the Act. This exemption does not apply if the requested information is about allegations of corruption and human rights violations.

Offline RTI Application

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How can the guide help you?


The Nyaaya Guide on Applying Offline under RTI provides applicants with the steps to take when seeking information under the Right to Information Act, 2005. This guide summarises the processes involved in filing an RTI application offline, appeals against certain authorities’ decisions, as well as complaint mechanisms for any grievances.


What are the laws discussed in the guide?

The Nyaaya Guide on Offline RTI Applications explains the Right to Information Act, 2005 and the Right to Information Rules, 2012 and the Right to Information (Regulation of Fee and Cost) Rules, 2005.


Contact Information

If you want to file a second appeal or a separate complaint for rejection of application to receive certain information or you do not receive information in the prescribed time period, you can file an appeal or complaint with the Central Information Commission in the contact details given below.
Address: August Kranti Bhavan, Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi & Old JNU Campus,
New Delhi – 110 067.
Phone: 26183053
Fax: 26186536.


State Information Commission

If you face any difficulty/ query with respect to filing an RTI application, you can contact your state’s Information Commission. The helpline contact details for each state can be found here.




  1. Check whether you are eligible to file an RTI depending on your citizenship and residency
  2. Check whether the information is exempted from being disclosed for any reason whatsoever.
  3. Check that the particulars of the information to be sought, your name and postal address are clearly mentioned in the RTI application.
  4. Check whether you have addressed the RTI application to the public authority that is connected to the information sought.
  5. If you require any assistance, check that the concerned PIO offers the assistance while making the application.
  6. Check whether you fall under the category of Below Poverty Line. If yes, you don’t have to pay application fees. If not, you have to pay a fee of Rs. 10 with your application.
  7. Check the prescribed mode of payment as given in the Centre and State Rules.
  8. If the RTI application is rejected, check whether the reasons for rejection are provided along with relevant information about filing an appeal against such rejection.
  9. Check that you adhere to the timeline for the first and second appeal, if made.
  10. Check that the first appeal is made to the senior officer of the concerned PIO and that the second appeal is made to the concerned Central or State PIO.



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