RTI First Appeal Format in English for Central Public Authority

RTI First Appeal Format in English - Sample First AppealYou can submit First Appeal before First Appellate Authority under Section 19(1), if you are an applicant, and under 19(2), if you are a third party, of the RTI Act. Many of us do not know how to draft First Appeal. For them, I have provided below RTI First Appeal Format in English. RTI Act doesn’t provide any specific format for First Appeal before Central Public Authority. Thus, you can use the below RTI First Appeal Format in English. However, few State Governments have provided specific format for First Appeal. In that case, you shall use the prescribed First Appeal Format. For all other State Governments you may use the RTI First Appeal Format in English provided in this article.

To know when and how to file First Appeal under RTI Act, you may visit How to File First Appeal under RTI.

Sample RTI First Appeal Format in English:

FIRST APPEAL BEFORE FIRST APPELLATE AUTHORITY

(UNDER SECTION 19(1) OF THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005)

 Date: …………….

To,

…………………………………….

.……………………………………

..………………………………….. (Name and Address of First Appellate Authority)

1) Background/Brief facts leading to First Appeal:

i) Date of RTI Application (Copy of Application Attached as Annexure – A): ……………

ii) Registration Number of RTI Application, if available with Applicant: Not Available

iii) Date of Reply received from PIO: “Reply Not Received”

iv) Particulars of PIO to whom RTI Application was submitted:

………………………………………..

………………………………………..

………………………………………..

……………………………………….. (Name & Address of PIO)

v) Brief facts leading to appeal: Deemed Refusal (Reply Not Received from PIO within specified time)



2) Reasons for Appeal being filed after prescribed period of 30 days from date of receipt of reply of the above PIO (if applicable): Not Applicable

3) Grounds for Appeal:

As per section 7(1) read with section 7(3)(a) of the RTI Act, PIO shall either provide information or reject request for information within 30 days of receipt of request for information. However, PIO has failed to comply with the above mentioned provisions of the RTI Act. As per section 7(2) of the RTI Act, such action of PIO is deemed refusal of information.

4) Prayers or Relief sought:

I pray to you to kindly:

  • direct the PIO to provide certified copies of complete and correct information within 10 days from the date of decision of the First Appellate Authority on appeal;
  • direct the PIO to supply information free of cost, since PIO failed to supply information within specified time limit under section 7(1) of the RTI Act;
  • record and supply reasons for upholding the decision of PIO and rejecting the prayers of the appellant.

5) Personal Hearing:

I pray to you to kindly provide me the opportunity of Personal Hearing before disposing of my Appeal. Under this section you may quote the decision of Hon’ble Central Information Commission with regard to providing opportunity of hearing to appellant: In the matter of Mr. R. K. Jain vs. Department of Legal Affairs, Government of India registered under File No.CIC/SA/A/2014/000254, Hon’ble Central Information Commission has made following observations:

“14. The Commission observes: Passing orders in first appeal without hearing or sending hearing notice is illegal and will render the order invalid. The Commission sets aside the order of First Appellate Authority for violating RTI Act and breach of natural justice by denying the appellant a chance of presenting his case and by raising entirely a new defence which was never claimed. Commission finds it deserves action though the concerned officer retired from service and recommends Public Authority to initiate disciplinary action against the concerned FAO for acting totally against the RTI Act in this case.”

6) Particulars of the Appellant:

 (Signature of Applicant)

Name :   …………………………

Address: …………………………,

…………………………,

…………………………,

E-mail: ….………………………,

Contact No.: ..………………………,




 Enclosures: Self attested copy of:

  1. Copy of RTI Application
  2. Copy of proof of filing RTI Application (Online tracking of delivery status of RTI Application to PIO)

You may draft your First Appeal as per above RTI First Appeal Format in English. After writing First Appeal, you may send the Appeal along with attachments to the Address of First Appellate Authority.

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