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Procedure for Request of Information

What is the Application Procedure for requesting information?

  • Apply in writing or through electronic means in English or Hindi or in the official language of the area, to the PIO, specifying the particulars of the information sought for.
  • Reason for seeking information are not required to be given
  • Pay fees as may be prescribed (if not belonging to the below poverty line category).

What is the time limit to get the information?

  • 30 days from the date of application
  • 48 hours for information concerning the life and liberty of a person
  • 5 days shall be added to the above response time, in case the application for information is given to Assistant Public Information Officer.
  • If the interests of a third party are involved then time limit will be 40 days (maximum period + time given to the party to make representation).
  • Failure to provide information within the specified period is a deemed refusal.

What is the fee?

  • Application fees to be prescribed which must be reasonable.
  • If further fees are required, then the same must be intimated in writing with calculation details of how the figure was arrived at;
  • Applicant can seek review of the decision on fees charged by the PIO by applying to the appropriate Appellate Authority;
  • No fees will be charged from people living below the poverty line
  • Applicant must be provided information free of cost if the PIO fails to comply with the prescribed time limit.
  • The fee can be deposited with cashier of NISCAIR, the receipt of the same can be handed over to PIO/APIO. In case of Cheque/Demand Draft the same can be handed over to PIO/APIO directly.

What could be the ground for rejection?

  • If it is covered by exemption from disclosure. (S.8)
  • If it infringes copyright of any person other than the State. (S.9)