Guidelines For The Information Seekers Under the RTI Act, 2005

First Appeal

If an applicant is not supplied information within the prescribed time thirty days or 48 hours, as the case may be, is not satisfied with the information furnished to him, be may prefer an appeal to the first appellate authority who is an officer senior in rank to the SPIO. Such an appeal, should be filed within a period or thirty days from the date on which the limit of 30 days of supply of information is expired or from the data on which the information or decision of the SPIO is received.

The appellate authority of the public authority shall dispose of the appeal within a period of thirty days or in exceptional cases with 45 days of the receipt of the appeal.

Second Appeal

If the appellate authority fails to pass an order on the appeal within the prescribed period or if the appellant is not satisfied with the order of the first appellate authority, he may prefer a second appeal with the State Informational Commission within ninety days from the date on which the decision should have bee made by the first appellate authority or was actually received by the appellant. The appeal made to the State Informational Commission should contain the following information:-

  1. Name and address of the appellant;
  2. Name and address of the State Public Information Officer against the decision of whom the appeal is preferred;
  3. Particulars of the order including number, if any, against which the appeal is preferred;
  4. Brief facts leading to the appeal;
  5. If the appeal is preferred against deemed refusal, particulars of the application including number and date and name and address of the State Public Information Officer to whom the application was made; Prayer or relief sought;
  6. Grounds for prayer or relief;
  7. Verification by the appellant; and
  8. Any other information, which the Commission may deem necessary for deciding the appeal.

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