Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated 9th July, 2015
A committee comprising of representatives of Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Home Affairs and Central Information Commission was constituted to devise a standard format for reply to RTI applications under the RTI Act, 2005. The Committee recommended that there should not be model/standard format for reply to the RTI application as there is no such provision in the RTI Act or RTI Rules. However, the Committee recommended that few points can be uniformly adopted by the Public Information Officers while replying to the RTI applications. Based on the recommendations of the Committee and in consultation with Ministry of Law and Justice, draft guidelines have been attempted regarding the elements that a RTI reply should essentially contain, which is placed at Annexure – I.
2. The views/suggestions from the citizens on the draft guidelines were invited. It has now been decided to invite views/suggestions of various public authorities who are handling large number of RTI applications on the said guidelines (para 2 of the guidelines in particular). The views/suggestions, preferably not exceeding more than one page, may be sent latest by 31.7.2015 through e-mail only to Shri R.K. Girdhar, US (RTI), North Block at email ID [email protected]