I know there are a lot of people like me, who just didn’t knew the right was of filing an RTI application; or those who simply prefer everything online than visiting some office personally. Good news; you can now file an Online RTI request, and it’s an easy task that anyone can do. Keep in mind though that to start off, this facility is only available to you if you wish to submit an RTI request to the Department of Personnel and Training. Gradually, this will be made available to other Departments under various Central Ministries in New Delhi and then later, even Departments in your respective State Ministries’ may also be added.
So for now, you can submit requests pertaining to your Civil Services exam and other Central Government recruitment’s or Employees Pension via this online form, everything that comes under DoPT.
Submitting an Online RTI request
This is simple. Visit RTI request page and click on Submit Request. Just fill up the form with your details. Your form will be accepted if you fill all the mandatory fields (marked with a red star), although you may also provide additional details, such as your mobile number (for sms alerts) as per your wish.
If you are not a Below Poverty Line (BPL) applicant, you must pay a fee of Rs.10, which can be paid online using SBI (and its associate banks) Internet Banking or Debit cards (no other banks are supported as of now). In case you belong to BPL, you are not required to pay this fee but are required to enter your BPL card number, year of issue and Issuing Authority for verification.
In the Text Box, you can ask your question in your own words. If it exceeds more than 500 words, write in a offline document, make it as a PDF and upload it as a supporting document. You may also upload any other document to support your question.
Finally, submit your request (application will only be completed after paying the fee, if applicable). A registration number will be generated which can be used to track the status of your request.
Note: Unless you belong to BPL category, you will mostly be required to pay additional fee to get the requested details. For example, for every page of reply from the Department you should pay Rs.2; Rs.50 in case the reply is submitted through a CD; staff charge at Rs.5 per hour (from 2nd hour) in case inspection of records takes more than an hour etc. The Nodal officer will inform you (at your email) to pay this fee to receive your requested information.
Submitting your first appeal
You should generally get a reply for your Online RTI request with in 30 days. If you do not, you can file first appeal using the ‘Submit first appeal’ link. There is no fee (even for Non BPL applicants) to file first appeal.