What does information mean ?

Information means any material in any form including records,  documents, memos, e-mails, opinions, advices, press releases,  circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers,  samples, models, data material held in any electronic form and  information relating to any private body which can be accessed  by a public authority under any other law for the time being in  force but does not include “file notings” [S.2(f)].

What does Right to Information mean ?

It includes the right to:

  • inspect works, documents, records.
  • take notes, extracts or certified copies of documents or  records.
  • take certified samples of material.
  • obtain information in form of printouts, diskettes, floppies,  tapes, video cassettes or in any other electronic mode or  through printouts.[S.2(j)]

What is the Application  Procedure for requesting information ?

  • Apply in writing or through electronic means in English or Hindi  or in the official language of the area, to the PIO, specifying  the particulars of the information sought for.
  • Reason for seeking information are not required to be given;
  • Pay fees as may be prescribed (if not belonging to the below  poverty line category).

What is the time limit to  get the information ?

  • 30 days from the date of application
  • 48 hours for information concerning the life and liberty of a  person
  • 5 days shall be added to the above response time, in case the  application for information is given to Assistant Public  Information Officer.
  • If the interests of a third party are involved then time limit  will be 40 days (maximum period + time given to the party to  make representation).
    Failure to provide information within the specified period is a  deemed refusal.