Have you ever felt of using your right to information, introduced in year 2005 in India, under which any citizen of India may ask information from a government/public body and then the same has to reply within 30 days.
To file online RTI, primarily one has to file in person with an amount of Rs 10 either in cash or demand draft/treasury challan. In case you are wondering for online options there are 3 websites that have emerged to help you file online RTIs on behalf of you, charge a nominal fee and after giving right information you have to just sit-back and relax.
UPDATE: Government of India has also launched RTI Portal – www.rtionline.gov.in which can be used by Indian citizens to file RTI application online and also to make payment for RTI application online by submitting a fee of Rs 10 via Internet banking through SBI and its associated banks.
At present, an applicant who desires to obtain any information under the RTI Act can make a request through this Web Portal to only Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
Application Fee – Rs.250
RTInation draft a copy of application as per the information provided by you and email you the drafted application you than have to sign it and send back via email. The application than take 2-3 days for processing. The response received from the department RTI has been files, will be sent directly to you. You can make the application fee payment via netbanking, debit card, visa credit card.
Application fee – Rs75
Swaraaj.net is more simplified interface in terms drafting application on behalf of you, it also provide you the option for response to be received directly to you or via Swaraaj and in later case Swaraaj can advise you regarding your options to respond to concerned body/department you have filed your RTI application.
To my surprise the portal service is being run single handed by E Varathkanth. The payment of nominal fee can be made via almost any online payment method through instamojo.
Application fee – FREE
The best & serious online RTI website as yet moreover as the portal is in beta/ public-testing phase, it has made the lodging online RTI completely FREE. You can also track you application status through the website itself can even contact 24/7 online customer support (no telephonic support). The response of RTI application will be sent directly to you.
For filing RTI application online, there is no government initiative yet, however, in case you have been denied, refused to access information you have filed RTI for, you may than file complaint before the Central Information Commission (CIC), for this you can go to government portal – http://rti.india.gov.in and file online “RTI complaint” here (not to be confused with RTI application) for free and can even track the status of your complaint there.