In this Article we have discussed how one can file Online RTI Application and Pay the RTI application Fees. We have further provided Instructions for Filing Online RTI Application / payment & Frequently asked questions related to the same.

In a step towards greater transparency, the government has started a unique facility of submitting RTI applications and fees online. The portal — www.rtionline.gov.in — has been created with an aim to help people exercise their right to seek information through online medium.

This is a portal to file RTI applications/first appeals online along with payment gateway. Payment can be made through internet banking of SBI & its associate banks and debit/credit cards of Master/Visa. Through this portal, RTI applications/first appeals can be filed by Indian Citizens only for the main ministries/departments of Central Govt., located at New Delhi. RTI applications/first appeals should not be filed for other Public authorities under Central/State Govt. through this portal.

On this portal Presently, the Online filing of RTI Request and Appeal is available ONLY for Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT) but soon it will be available for main ministries/departments of Central Govt., located at New Delhi.

Frequently Asked Questions on Online RTI Application

1. To which Public Authority can I file a request?

An applicant who desires to obtain any information under the RTI Act 2005 can make a request through this RTI Online Portal to only the Central Public Authorities of main Ministries/Departments located at New Delhi initially. In the first phase, this facility is available to make a request to Department of Personnel and Training only.

2. How do I write my application for seeking the information as per RTI Act 2005?

The text of the application may be written in the prescribed column of the form. At present, the text of the application is confined up to 500 characters only in the prescribed column of the form.

In case, the text of an application contains more than 500 characters, it can be uploaded as a PDF attachment in the “Supporting Document” column of the form.

3. How do I make the payment for RTI fee?

After filling the first page, a non-BPL applicant has to click on “Make Payment” button for remittance of the prescribed RTI fee.

The applicant can pay the prescribed RTI fee through the following modes:

(i). Internet banking through SBI and its associated banks.

(ii). Using ATM-cum-Debit card of State Bank of India.

It may be noted that no RTI fee is required to be paid by any citizen who is below poverty line, as per RTI Rules, 2012. However, the applicant must attach a copy of the certificate issued by the appropriate government in this regard, along with the application.

4. Do I get any receipt for online filing of RTI application?

On submission of an application, a unique registration number will be issued, which may be referred by the applicant for any future reference.

It may be noted that the application filed through this RTI Online Portal will reach electronically to the “Nodal Officer” of the said Ministry/Department and “Not” to the CPIO of the concerned Ministry/Department.

The Nodal Officer will transmit the RTI application, either electronically or physically to the concerned CPIO.

5. What will happen to my application if I select a wrong Public Authority in the prescribed form?

In case the RTI application is not meant for the Ministry /Department which has been selected by the applicant, the “Nodal Officer” of the said Ministry/Department will transfer the application electronically to the “Nodal Officer” of the concerned main Ministry/Department located at New Delhi, under section 6(3) of the RTI Act.

6. Will I be informed about the additional fee (if any) is required to pay?

In case additional fee representing the cost is required for providing information, the Nodal Officer will intimate the same, which can be viewed by the applicant through ‘View Status’ option in the RTI Online Portal and an e-mail alert will be sent to the applicant for the same.

For submitting the additional fee online, the applicant needs to use the option ‘View Status’ in the RTI Online Portal and on providing the registration number of the request option for ‘Make Payment’ will provided.

7. How do I file an appeal with First Appellate Authority?

For making an appeal to the first Appellate Authority, the applicant has to select the option “Submit First Appeal” in the RTI Online Portal and fill up the form that will appear.

The registration number of original application may be used for the reference.

The appeal so filed through this RTI Online Portal will also reach electronically to the Nodal Officer of the concerned Ministry/Department and Not to the first Appellate Authority.

The Nodal Officer will transmit the first appeal to the concerned First Appellate Authority (FAA), either electronically or physically.

8. Do I need to make any payment for filing an appeal?

As per RTI Act, no fee has to be paid for first appeal.

9. Do I get any SMS from RTI Online Portal?

Though optional, the mobile number can be provided by the applicant/ appellant in order to receive SMS alerts.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING ONLINE REQUEST ON RTI ONLINE PORTAL

1. This Web Portal can be used by Indian citizens to file RTI application online and also to make payment for RTI application online. First appeal can also be filed online.

2. At present, an applicant who desires to obtain any information under the RTI Act can make a request through this Web Portal to only Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

3. On clicking at “Submit Request”, the applicant has to fill the required details on the page that will appear.  The fields marked * are mandatory while the others are optional.

4. The text of the application may be written at the prescribed column.

5. At present, the text of an application that can be uploaded at the prescribed column is confined to 500 words only.

6. In case an application contains more than 500 words, it can be uploaded as an attachment, by using column “Supporting document”.

7. After filling the first page, the applicant has to click on “Make Payment” to make payment of the prescribed fee.

8. The applicant can pay the prescribed fee through the following modes:

(a) Internet banking through SBI and its associated banks;

(b) Using credit/debit card of Master/Visa.

9. Fee for making an application is as prescribed in the RTI Rules, 2012.

10. After making payment, an application can be submitted.

11. No RTI fee is required to be paid by any citizen who is below poverty line as per RTI Rules, 2012. However, the applicant must attach a copy of the certificate issued by the appropriate government in this regard, alongwith the application.

12. On submission of an application, a unique registration number would be issued, which may be referred by the applicant for any references in future.

13. The application filed through this Web Portal would reach electronically to the “Nodal Officer” of DoPT, who would transmit the RTI application electronically to the concerned CPIO.

14. In case additional fee is required representing the cost for providing information, the CPIO would intimate the applicant through this portal. This intimation can be seen by the applicant through Status Report or through his/her e-mail alert.

15. For making an appeal to the first Appellate Authority, the applicant has to click at “Submit Appeal” and fill up the page that will appear.

16. The registration number of original application has to be used for reference.

17. As per RTI Act, no fee has to be paid for first appeal.

18. At present, an applicant/the appellant can see the following status :

(i) Application filed on..

(ii) Additional fees, if required..

(iii) Appeal filed on..

(iv) Replied on..

19. The applicant/the appellant should submit his/her mobile number to receive SMS alert.

20. All the requirements for filing an RTI application and first appeal as well as other provisions regarding time limit, exemptions etc., as provided in the RTI Act, 2005 will continue to apply.

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5 Comments

  1. Anil says:

    If retired govt servants are appointed on the CIC, it is bound to happen. How can a quasi-judicial body be entrusted to bureaucrats? They are not expected to go against the government. In most cases, they personally know the First Appellate Authority. It is sad but there are so many sad things in the government.

  2. Ramesh Chand Sharma says:

    It is indeed a wellcome step by Government of India to introduce filing of ONline RTI Applications and it should be extended to all Central as well as State ministries and departments to accept online RTI Application. In case of RTI Applications filed through Hardcopies the CPIOs conerned give evasive and unwanted replies but with the introduction of Online Applicaion Module, CPIOs may not have the privilege of giving evasive and uncalled for replies but again sooer the better, that this facility is extended to all the Goverment Departments not inly in Delhi but throughout India other wise the CPIOs will start transfering these applications to to places where online applicaions are still in existence. Governement of India should immediately extend this facility all over India.

  3. Thaneshwar says:

    This portal rtionline.gov.in give all RTI activist and Indian citizen relax to sought information from all central/state/local govt. bodies. Now they may get information without going to concerned authority sitting at their home any time and if denied or delay, aggrieved may file appeal against concerned authority for further action.

  4. sukumar says:

    Sir,
    what is the recourse lies against the perverse order of CIC , who does
    not consider the facts and circumstances of the case/ Can I file a
    review petition as drafted below
    Sir, Please help
    Sukumar Mondal

    The Chief Central Information Commissioner
    August Kranti Bhavan,
    Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi – 110 066

    Sir,
    Sub: Order of Shri Rajiv Mathur, CIC in appeal CIC/DS/A/2012/000260
    dt 01 12 2012 SA/UG/12/f193541 in 9 File No.CIC/DS/A/2012/000260/RM
    dated 18.03.2013

    Kindly refer to the above.

    The order of the CIC is perverse, not based on the facts and
    circumstances of the case and has been
    passed blindly relying on the mala fide statement of the CPIO, without
    verifying the arguments preferred by the appellant in appeal
    petition…

    Second appeal was filed against the FAA – Appeal Order No.FNo.2E/CCIT/Kol-1/RTI 1st Appeal / 2011-12/1245 Date 01-12-2011 ofthe FAA, the Chief Commissioner of Income tax Kol-1,Kolkata .with refto:-

    1 Order .F No. 2E/CCIT/Kol-1/RTI/11-12/Pt.IV/10551 dated 23-09- 2011 with ref to appellate orders F No. 2E/CCIT/Kol-1/RTI/10-11/3052 dated 08-06-2010 received on 10-06-2010 with ref to order of the CPIO vide F No.2E/CCIT/Kol.-1/RTI/09-10/Pt. II/ 159 Dated 05-04-2010 reg posting in Ayakar Bhavan etc.

    2.Order F No. 2E/CCIT/Kol.-1/RTI/10-11/537 dated 11-08-2010 received on 16-08-2010. with ref to F No.2E/CCIT/Kol.-1/RTI/10-11/Pt. I/3462 Dated 28-06-2010 reg Desktops and Laoptop.
    .
    CIC has not even gone through the facts of the case, neither the grounds of appeals nor the relief sought,, vividly incorporated in the RTI Appeal petition itself .

    CIC has not gone through the Order of the FAA dated 01 12 2011 and the point to point submission of the appellant giving the detail course of action and inaction on the part of the consecutive CPIOs holding the charges.

    He has disposed of the case as the CPIO misled him that Rs. 28/-demanded has not been deposited but ignored the fact that CPIO was bound to supply the information free of cost as per sec 7(6) of the R T I Act 2005.

    Kindly note my submission as under against Para 10 of the F A A’s Appeal Order dt 01 12 2011
    Reg; Payment of Rs. 28/-

    Ld FAA has ignored the fact that, as demamded by Md Atahar H Chowdhury, the DCIT (HQ) (Admn),Kolkata, the 1st CPIO, vide his letter N0.2E/CCIT/Kol-1/RTI/09-10/Pt.II/1306 dt 22-03-2010,an amount of Rs.30/- was paid on 31 -03-2010 by three IPOs, vide Nos. 86E 639739 –40 and – 41, for copies of the documents requested for in the RTI petition , The documents supplied pre AGT period which were not requested for but the documents requested for post AGT were not supplied .So still I should get refund of Rs. 2/-, even if exemption
    under sec 7(6) of the R T I Act 2005 is ignored..
    Such Order is against the spirit of the R T I Act 2005 and need review for interest of the general public for the benefit of whom the Act has been passed by the Parliament.
    Under the facts and circumstances of the case I pray for review of the
    case by your honour .

    Yours faithfully ,

    Dated 25 03 2013 Shri. Sukumar Mondal

    C/o T K Maji, Vill+PO Durgachak (Uttarpally),
    Dist –Midnapore (East), West Bengal -721 602.

    Encl: RTI Appeal petition dated 08 01 2012 /10 01 2012

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