Guidelines For The First Appellate Authorities

It is the responsibility of the State Public Information Officer (SPIO) of a public authority to supply correct and complete Information within the specified time to any person seeking information under the RTI Act, 2005. There are possibilities that a SPIO may not act as per provisions of the Act or an applicant may not otherwise be satisfied with the decision of the SPIO. The Act contains provision of two appeals to tide over such situations. The first appeal lies within the public authority by the concerned public authority. The first Appellate Authority happens to be an officer senior in rank to the CPOI. The second appeal lies with the Tripura Information Commission. The Tripura Information Commission (Appeal Procedure) The Guidelines contained in this document are meant for the First Appellate Authorities.

In order to perform his/her duties effectively, the Appellate Authority should study the Act carefully and understand its provisions correctly. This document explains some of the important aspects of the Act which a First Appellate Authority should, in particular, be conversant with.

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