How to File RTI for State Government ? Procedure to File RTI

How to File RTI for State Government Public AuthoritiesThe RTI Act, 2005 is applicable to both the Central and the State Governments, except Jammu and Kashmir, which has its own RTI Act. The question comes to mind that if the RTI Act, 2005 is applicable to Central and all State Governments, then why this separate article: how to file RTI for State Government? Is there any difference in procedure to submit RTI Application before State Governments? If yes then under which provision of RTI Act? In fact, procedure to file RTI before State Government is little different from that of Central Government. Let me explain in detail How to File RTI for State Government.

Which section of RTI Act allows State Government to have separate RTI Rules?

Sub–section (1) and (2) of section 27 of the Right to Information Act, 2005 (Central Act No 22 of 2005) confers on State Governments the powers to make separate RTI rules for them. Accordingly, every State Government has passed RTI Rules at different point of time. Thus, it is important to know how to file RTI for State Government.

How are the RTI Rules of State Government different from that of Central Government?

RTI Rules of State Governments are different from that of Central Government in various aspects including:

(a) the cost of the medium or print cost price of the materials to be disseminated under sub-section (4) of section 4;

(b) the fee payable under sub-section (1) of section 6;

(c) the fee payable under sub-sections (1) and (5) of section 7;

(d) the salaries and allowances payable to and the terms and conditions of service of the officers and other employees under sub-section (6) of section 13 and sub-section (6) of section 16;

(e) the procedure to be adopted by the Central Information Commission or State Information Commission, as the case may be, in deciding the appeals under sub-section (10) of section 19; and

(f) any other matter which is required to be, or may be, prescribed.

Thus, you should know the uniqueness in various RTI Rules while learning how to file RTI for State Government.

How to File RTI for State Government: Procedure to File RTI in State Government

You may file RTI for State Government both online and offline. However, not all State Government facilitates online filing of RTI Application. To know the Online RTI Portal for State Government, you may read RTI Online for State Government.

To know how to file RTI for State Government offline, you may follow the step by step procedure provided below.

How to File RTI for State Government Offline?: Step by Step Procedure

Step-1: Find the Address of the Assistant Public Information Officer/ Public Information Officer/ State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, from the website of the Public Authority. In case, you could not find the address from the website, you may send your application at following address:

To,

The Public Information Officer,

………………………………………….,

…………………………………………. (Official Address of the concerned office)

You can get the address of the concerned Public Information Officer at following links:

List of PIO/APIO/SPIO/ASPIO for State Governments

1. Andaman And Nicobar     2. Andhra Pradesh             3. Arunachal Pradesh     4. Assam

5. Bihar                                 6. Chandigarh                    7. Chattisgarh                  8. Dadra & Nagar Haweli

9. Delhi                                10. Goa                              11. Gujarat                     12. Haryana

13. Himachal Pradesh          14. Jammu And Kashmir   15. Jharkhand                16. Karnataka

17. Kerala                            18. Lakshadweep               19. Madhya Pradesh      20. Maharashtra

21. Manipur                         22. Meghalaya                    23. Mizoram                  24. Nagaland

25. Orissa                            26. Puducherry                    27. Punjab                     28. Rajasthan

29. Sikkim                           30. Tamilnadu                     31. Tripura                     32. Uttar Pradesh

33. Uttarakhand                   34. West Bengal                 35. Telangana

Step-2: Write your RTI Application. Few of the State Governments have prescribed the Format for RTI Application, while others have not. To know, whether the concerned State Government has prescribed the specific format of RTI Application, please see the below table. While writing the application check the RTI Rules of concerned State to know the limit on the number of words, and number of subjects. Few of the states strictly prohibit writing application of more than 150 words and 1 subject.

Step-3: Make the payment of prescribed fees for application through suitable mode of payment. You may refer to the table below to know the required amount, and mode of payment. This step is most important in how to file RTI for State Government because you application may be rejected if you don’t comply.

Sl. No.Centre/ StateRTI Application Fees (Rs.) per Application
Mode of PaymentRTI Format Prescribed?
 1Center10Cash against a proper receipt, or Indian Postal Order/ Demand Draft/ Bankers Cheque payable to the Accounts Officer of the Public Authority, or Electronic MeansNo
 2Andaman and Nicobar 10Cash against proper receipt Or Demand Draft/ Bankers Cheque payable to the Accounts Officer of the Public AuthorityNo
 3Andhra Pradesha) Village Level – NO Fee;
b) Mandal Level – Rs.5/-
c) Public authorities other than category (a) & (b) – Rs.10/-
By affixing the court fee stamps on the application or by way of cash or by postal order or by demand draft or by bankers’ Cheque payable to the Accounts Officer or any other duly authorized officer of the Public Authority, against proper receipt.No
 4Arunachal Pradesh(i) Information relating to tender documents/ bids/quotation/ Business contracts: Rs. 500

(ii) Information other than (i) above: Rs. 50

Demand Draft/ Indian Postal Order (IPO)/  Bankers ChequeYes

Download Form-A

 5Assam10

Cash against proper receipt Or Demand Draft/ Banker’s Cheque payable to the Authorized Officer of the public authority

No
 6Bihar10
In cash wherever facility for cash receipt is available, Or Demand Draft Or Pay order Or Non-judicial Stamp
Yes

Download Form-A

 7Chandigarh10
Cash against proper receipt Or Demand Draft/ Bankers Cheque/ Indian Postal Order (IPO) payable to the Accounts Officer of the public authority
 No
 8Chhattisgarh10Cash, Challan, Non-judicial Stamp, Money Order No
 9Dadra & Nagar Haweli25Challan in Form – II, payable at Treasury (i.e. Dena Bank, Silvassa)Yes

Download Form-I-A&B

9Daman and Diu25Challan in Form-II, payable at Treasury (i.e. State Bank of India, Daman and State Bank of Saurashtra, Diu)Yes

Download Form-I-A&B

10Delhi25 In cash or in the form of affixing non- judicial stamp on the application or postal order or Bank draft in the name of  “Govt. of NCT of Delhi” as per rule 8 with the authorized person.Yes

Download Form-A

11Goa10Cash against proper receipt Or by affixing a Court Fee Stamp of Rs. 10/- Or by Demand Draft/ Bankers Cheque payable to the concerned Public Information OfficerNo
12Gujarat20In Cash, wherever facility for cash receipt is available, Or by Demand Draft Or by Pay Order Or in the form of Non-Judicial Stamp or Non Judicial Stamp Paper Or Stamping through franking Or Electronic Stamping Or Court Fee Stamp or Judicial Stamp paper or Indian Postal Order or Revenue Stamp Or by Challan credited in the Government Treasury through authorized banks in the budget head 0070-other administrative services, 60 – other services, 800 – other receipt, (17) – fees and other charges under these rulesYes.

Dowload Form – A in Gujarati

Download Form – A in English

13Haryana10
In Cash against proper receipt Or by Bank Draft Or by Indian Postal Order (IPO) Or by Treasury Challan in the following Heads of Account:
Major Head: 0070-Other Administrative Services
Sub Major Head: 60-Other Services
Minor Head: 800-Other Receipts
Sub Head: 86-Fee under the Right to Information Act, 2005
Yes. Preferable, but Not Mandatory

Download Form-A

14Himachal Pradesh10Demand Draft payable to the concerned Department/Public Authority or Challan or Indian Postal OrderYes.

Preferable, but Not Mandatory

Download Form – A- English

Hindi

15Jammu And Kashmir10IPO, CashYes
16Jharkhand10
Cash against proper receipt Or Demand Draft Or Bankers Cheque Or Indian Postal Order(IPO) Or Non-Judicial Stamp
No
17Karnataka10Indian Postal Order (IPO) Or

Demand Draft Or Bankers Cheque

Or Pay Order drawn in favour of the State Public Information Officer Or in Cash Or by remitting it to the Treasury as per Karnataka Financial Code (KFC)

Yes.

Preferable, but Not Mandatory

Download Form – A- Kannada

English

18Kerala10(a) By affixing Court Fee Stamp; or

(b) by remitting the amount in the Government Treasury, under the head of account “0070 other administrative services-60 other services- 800 other receipts -42 other items”, or

(c) by cash remittance against proper receipt in the office of the State Public Information Officer/ State Assistant Public Information Officer, as the case may be; or (d) by demand draft/ bankers’ cheque/ pay order payable to the State Public Information Officer/ State Assistant Public Information Officer.

Yes.

Preferable, but Not Mandatory

Download Form (Malyalam)

Download Form (English)

19Lakshadweep10Cash, DD Yes
20Madhya Pradesh10
Cash against proper receipt Or Non-Judicial Stamp
Yes.

Preferable, but Not Mandatory

Download Form(Hindi)

21Maharashtra10Cash against proper receipt Or by Demand Draft or Banker’s Cheque payable to the Public Authority Or by affixing a Court Fee Stamp of Rs. 10/-Yes

Download Form(English)

Marathi

22Manipur10
Cash against proper receipt Or Demand Draft/ Bankers Cheque/ Indian Postal Order (IPO) payable to the Accounts Officer of the public authority
No
23Meghalaya10Cash against a proper receipt, or Indian Postal Order/ Demand Draft/ Bankers Cheque payable to the Accounts Officer of the Public Authority, or Electronic MeansNo
24Mizoram10Cash against proper receipt Or by Treasury Challan Or Demand Draft Or Bankers Cheque Or Indian Postal Order (IPO) payable to the State Public Information Officer of the office of the public authorityYes

Preferable, but Not Mandatory

Download Form(English)

25Nagaland10Cash against proper receipt Or Demand Draft or Bankers Cheque payable to the Accounts Officer/ Head of Department/ Head of Office of the public authorityor the Government Department/OfficeNo
26Orissa10Treasury Challan/ CashYes

Download Form(English)

27Puducherry10By Cash against proper receipt Or by demand draft/banker’s cheque/Indian Postal Order drawn in favour of concerned departments / corporations / institutions / local bodies payable at local office where the application is submittedYes

Preferable, but Not Mandatory

Download Form(English)

28Punjab10(a) By Crossed Bank Draft/Banker’s Cheque/IPO or

(b) In Cash in favour of concerned Drawing and Disbursing Officer from where the information is to be obtained; or

(c) through Treasury Challan in the following Heads of Account:-

Major Head .. 0070 – Other Administrative Services     Subj-Major Head.. 60 – Other Services

Minor Head .. 800 – Other Receipts

Sub-Head ..  86 – Fee under the Right to Information Act, 2005

Yes

Download Form-A

29Rajasthan10Postal Order or Cash against proper receipt or Demand Draft or Bankers Cheque payable to the public authority.No
30Sikkim 10By way of bank receipt to be deposited under Major Head 0070 – Administrative Service, Sub- Major 60 – Other Services 118 – Receipt under Right to Information Act, 2005Yes

Preferable, but Not Mandatory

Download Form-A

31Tamilnadu10 (i) It can be paid by cash or by postal money order or by affixing court fee stamp or by Demand Draft or Bankers’ Cheque

(ii) It can be paid in SBI / RBI through any Government treasury, sub- Treasury/ Pay and Accounts Office under the following head of Account: 

“0070. Other Administrative Services – 60 Other Services – 118 Receipts Under Right to Information Act, 2005 – AA – Collection of Fees Under Right to Information (Fees) Rules 2005”

(DPC 0070 60 118 AA 0005).

(iii) By direct payment in cash in offices with facilities to receive Cash.

No
32Tripura10Cash against proper receipt Or by Treasury Challan Or Indian Postal Order (IPO)Yes

Download Form-1

33Uttar Pradesh10By way of cash against proper receipt or by demand draft or by Bankers cheque or by Indian Postal Order payable to the concerned public authority.Yes

Download Form-2

34Uttarakhand10By way of cash against proper receipt
or by demand draft or bankers cheque or by Indian Postal Order Or by Treasury Challan Or by Non-Judicial Stamp Paper payable to the Public Information Officer or Assistant Public Information Officer  or Finance/ Accounts Officer of the public authority.
No
35West Bengal10Court fee, Non-judicial stamp paper of rupees ten, Demand Draft, Bankers Cheque, Indian Postal Order, payable in favour of ” (name of the link bank) a/c Government of West Bengal, RTI Act”No

Step-4: Check the RTI Rules to know whether you need to attach any other document along with your application. In general, you may attach the following documents along with the application:

1) Identity Proof (Copy) (Not mandatory, but recommended because few PIO may ask to prove your citizenship)

2) Proof of Fees Payment

2) Any documents, which you may have referred in the application.

Step-5: Check the mode of submission of application for the concerned State from their RTI Rules. Few of the States allow to submit the RTI Application through e-mail. If the State allows, you may submit your application through e-mail, and pay the required fees through the mode of payment prescribed by the concerned State.

In case where the Public Authority does not allow to submit application through e-mail, you may submit your complete application to the concerned PIO either personally or through Registered/Speed Post.

Note: If you are sending your application by registered/speed post then preserve your proof of postage. If you are submitting your application in person, always make sure to ask for the acknowledgment for receipt of the application.

By now, you may have understood how to file RTI for State Government. If you have any specific doubt regarding how to file RTI for State Government, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

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