The Hon’ble Supreme Court in Bennett Coleman v. Union of India (AIR 1973 SC 106) has held for the first time that the right to freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by Art.19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India included Right to Information. Subsequently the said dictum evolved into a statute in the year 2005 enactment of the Right to Information Act. The preamble of the Act states as under:
“ An Act to provide for setting out the practical regime of right to information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of public authorities, in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority, the constitution of a Central Information commission and State information commissions and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.”
Right to information Act – Bare act can be accessed by clicking here
How to apply for information under the RTI Act?
An application seeking information can be sought only by Citizens of India. The request for obtaining information shall comply to Section 6 of the Act wherein it is mentioned that the request shall be in writing or through electronic means in English or Hindi or in the official language of the area in which the application is being made, accompanying such fee as applicable under the statute to the public information officer of the public authority specifying the particulars of the information sought by the applicant.
The applicant has to comply with the following
- a) To disclose the citizen status along with the application.
- b) The request for information is to be in writing.
- c) The application should contain the contact details (postal address, telephone number, fax number, email address) for furnishing the reply.
RTI Application – How to send?
As per the Right to Information (Regulation of Fee and Cost) Rules, 2005, a request for obtaining information under the Act shall be accompanied by an application fee of Rupees Ten (Rs. 10) by way of cash against proper receipt or by demand draft or bankers cheque or Indian postal order payable to the PIO, Syndicate Bank. In respect of citizens who are claiming exemption for payment of the said fee as per the Act, they shall necessarily enclose proper and authentic proof stating that they belong to the Below Poverty Line category from the Authority concerned.
RTI Application – With whom the information can be sought
The information under the Act shall be sought from the Public Information Officer Concerned with whom the information will be available. The list of PIOs of the Bank with their area of jurisdiction is provided in the link mentioned below clicking here
Fee/Charges applicable for providing Information under the Act.
The PIO is also entitled to charge additional information for providing the information as mentioned below
- Rs.2/- for each page (in A-4 or A-3 size paper) created or copied
- actual charge or cost price of a copy in larger size paper
- Rs. 50/- per diskette or floppy
- actual cost or price for samples or models
- for inspection of records, no fee for the first hour; and a fee of Rs.5/- for each subsequent hour (or fraction thereof )
- for information provided in printed form at the price fixed for such publication or rupees two per page of photocopy for extracts from the publication.
The Right to Information (Regulation Of Fee And Cost) Rules, 2005 - can be accessed by clicking here.
RTI Application – Appeal provision.
If the applicant is not satisfied/aggrieved with the reply given by the PIO he can prefer an appeal before the Appellate Authority concerned within 30 days from the date of receipt of the reply. The list of Appellate Authorities is furnished below as a link.
RTI Application – Second Appeal to the Central Information Commission
If the application is not satisfied/ aggrieved with the reply of the Appellate Authority he/she can approach the CIC within 90 days from the date of receipt of the reply. The Address of the CIC is furnished below:
The Central Information Commission,
2nd Floor, B Wing, August Kranti Bhawan
Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi-110066
Second Appeal/complaint against the Public Authority can be made online on CIC Website, link of the same is given below:
RTI online Portal
Our Bank has tied up with the Online Portal for RTI - An Initiative of Department of Personnel & Training, The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India where the request for information can be sought online. The link to the said portal is given below:
RTI Act – Suo Moto disclosure under S. 4 of the RTI Act.
Our Bank in compliance with the provisions of the Act has suo moto disclosed certain information as required by the Act subject to the exemptions provided under the Act. The said information can accessed through the following Link:
Information provided in the Banks website.
We are furnishing all up-to-date information in respect our Products / Services / Facilities available as well as other information to public/any other information through our Banks website and the Public can access the same.
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