Right to information act enacted by the parliament in 2005 by replacing the freedom of information act, 2002. RTI, 2005 helps the citizen in seeking information from any public authority. It also empowers the citizen to inspect the action of the government. It introduced the concept of good governance in India by increasing accountability and transparency in the system.
Step 1. One must be clear about the information which he wants to seek from authority and in what form he wants it. It’s necessary that such information falls within the ambit of the information under 2(f) of right to information, 2005.
He can also ask any government department to seek any information from a private body under the right to information or under any other law.
Step 2. After this one must find the contact details of state public information officer in case of state department and central public information officer in case of central department. And on such address file the application or one can directly go to office of officer.
Step 3. One must write his question and address it to the public information commissioner or if written question is not allowed, one can orally ask the question that can be reduced in writing by the assistance of public information officer.
There is no need of giving any personal details of applicant and reason behind seeking such information.
Step 4. Application submitted with the application fees if any asked to public information officer.
Public information officer have duty to provide information within 30 days and if he don’t fulfilled his duty, you can file appeal after 30 days in appellate court. And after 90 days you can file second appeal in central information commission or state information commission. Still if there is no response than you can file writ in High court.