“The real Swaraj will not come out by the acquisition of authority by a few, but by the acquisition of capacity by all to resist authority when abused” – Mahatma Gandhi
The words of our political leaders have been instrumental in shaping the way the Government of India frames laws and policies. Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of equal rights to all has been made a reality when the Right to Information Act was passed by the Government of India in 2005. TheRTI Act was enacted
in order to provide transparency in the work of the Government. The Act applies to all States in India, including Andhra Pradesh. You can read theRTI Act in Telugu.
The Act extends to the whole of India with the exception of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. According to the Act, the AP Information Commission was constituted to serve both the States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The Commission has been functional since 15 November, 2005. The Commission plays a significant role by dealing with Complaints and Second Appeals filed against Public Information Officers and Appellate Authorities respectively. This makes the Information Commission the backbone of the RTI Act.
How to file Andhra Pradesh RTI?
- Identify the department to which your RTI application should be sent.
- Write your RTI application on a plain paper.
- Questions can be in Telugu or English.
For instance, any details sought regarding the police should be filed to the respective police station and if it is about transport service in the city it should go to State Transport Department (Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation RTI). It is very important to identify and send the Andhra Pradesh RTI Application to the correct department. Failure to do so results in rejection or delay in getting response as the application would have to be transferred to the appropriate authority
The RTI Act is very citizen friendly and there is no special requirement as to how the application should be written. An application written on a plain paper constitutes a legitimate RTI Application and the Public Authorities have to recognize that and are required to provide response based on the questions mentioned in the application.
Replies from government can also be either in Telugu or English. The Government of Andhra Pradesh supports RTI Application in Telugu, the local language. This ensures that a citizen can express his query clearly in the language he is comfortable with. You can read and use theRTI format in English
to file RTI in English.
- Make sure that the questions relates to only one subject matter otherwise it might get rejected, according to the RTI Act.
- Attach Rs.10/- fee in the form of Court Fee Stamp.
- Send it via- speed post/registered post.
For instance, if it is about status of FIR, ask questions that are only related to FIR. Also, the questions need to worded clearly, asking for information in a direct and objective manner would ensure that the response is received. If the questions are ambiguous or subjective and open to interpretation, there is a high chance of rejection of the application.
If the applicant wishes to receive any help or clarify their doubts, the AP Information Commission has providedHelpline Contacts
which Andhra Pradesh RTI Applicant can reach out to.
How to file RTI AP online?
At present the Andhra Pradesh Government does not have facility for filing RTI online.
You can use our websiteOnlineRTI.com
to file your Andhra Pradesh RTI application, online. In case of any escalation, you can file complaints to AP Information Commission. This government body was created to make sure that the RTI Act is being implemented efficiently. We take care of rest of the formalities. We will arrange a call back and understand your query. We will then take the request and do the needful on your behalf to ensure your RTI request reaches the right authority. In essence, it is a simple 3 step process.
- Visit OnlineRTI.com’s
apply page and type your query in simple language.
- We will contact you to clarify your requirements
- We will draft application according to best practices, print and post your application to the correct authority with the prescribed guidelines.
The process of filing RTI applications has it’s own limitations and complexities. Our expert team of lawyers, understands the process so that any citizen of India can file RTI to resolve their queries even with limited knowledge of the system and the process. The AP Information Commission will handle all the complaints against the PIOs and APIOs for the RTIs filed for AP State Departments.
Departments under Andhra Pradesh Government
All Andhra Pradesh State Government Departments and local governing bodies in Andhra Pradesh like Municipal Corporations (for cities in Andhra Pradesh like Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, Nellore Municipal Corporation etc.), Town councils and Gram Panchayats come under the ambit of Andhra Pradesh RTI Act.
The list of Andhra Pradesh State Government Departments:
Whom should the RTI Andhra Pradesh be addressed to?
Under the RTI Act, 2005 every department should appoint a Public Information Officer (PIO) who is responsible to receive and reply to RTI applications filed to that department.
Hence, all the RTI AP applications should be addressed to the Public Information Officer of that Department. You can findhere
the list of Public Authorities/PIOs/APIOs based on the Department you want to file your application for. This list is provided by the AP Information Commission on their official website. The PIO has to make sure that requests from persons seeking information are dealt with speedily and in cases where the request cannot be made in writing, the officer is also responsible for giving assistance to the person to convert their queries to a legitimate written form.
When will the response be provided to your RTI Andhra Pradesh Application?
According to the RTI Act, the response to the RTI application in Andhra Pradesh, or any other state should be provided by the PIO within 30 days from the receipt of the same. This includes applications made online or offline. If the information requested in the RTI relates to another department, then the PIO is mandated to transfer the same within 5 days from the receipt of the RTI to that department who has the information.
If there is no response to the RTI AP application within the stipulated time, a First Appeal can be filed to the Appellate Authority of that Department from whom there is no response within 30 days from the date by when the response should have been received.
AP Information Commission handles Second appeals and Complaints from the applications. A second appeal can be filed when there is no response or unsatisfactory response is received for the First Appeal.
We hope now you are familiar with the process of filing your application for state of AP related queries. If you want to know more or have more doubts to ask, you can always visitOnlineRTI Forum
and we will answer your queries