Third Party Information under RTI Act 2005: Meaning and Procedure

Third Party Information under RTI Act, 2005Many a time Public Information Officer (PIO) denies information to the applicant by calling the information as third party information: sometime to avoid disclosure of information and sometime due to lack of understanding of what does constitute third party information. This makes necessary to understand what does exactly constitute third party information under RTI Act 2005. » Read more

Difference between Personal Cheque and Banker’s Cheque/ Demand Draft

Difference between Personal Cheque and Banker's Cheque or Demand DraftThough it appears to many of us that Banker’s Cheque is same as Cheque Personal, hereinafter referred as ‘Cheque’, that we issue to make payments, these two are completely different in meaning and methods of payment. I made a mistake when I filed my First RTI Application before a Central Public Authority. I issued a Cheque of Rs. 10/- as Fees for RTI. I was called by the PIO to take my Cheque back and pay RTI Fees through Banker’s Cheque (similar to Demand Draft) or Indian Postal Order (IPO). I have enumerated major difference between Personal Cheque and Banker’s Cheque or Demand Draft below: » Read more

Is Personal Hearing of Appellant mandatory in First Appeal under RTI?

Is Personal Hearing of Appellant mandatory in First Appeal under RTI?In case we do not receive the decision of the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) or the State Public Information Officer (SPIO), as the case may be, within the time specified, or are aggrieved at the decision of the CPIO or SPIO, we may submit first appeal to the First Appellate Authority (FAA) in the concerned public authority within thirty days from the expiry of such period or from the receipt of such a decision. First Appeal is important opportunity for applicant to get the information by making personal presence and justifying his demand for information. However, after receiving First Appeal, many a times FAA passes orders without hearing or sending hearing notice to the appellant, causing the appellant to loose opportunity to justify himself. Hence the question “is Personal Hearing of Appellant mandatory in First Appeal under RTI?”.
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