How to file RTI to Departments in Chhattisgarh?
The Right to Information Act, 2005 is applicable to all States of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir. However, each State differs in terms of implementation of the Act and each state has different guidelines when it comes to filing RTI application. Chhattisgarh State Information Commission was constituted as per the provisions under Right to Information Act, 2005 vide notification no. F-7-16/2005/1/6 of the General Administration Department, Government of Chhattisgarh. Chhattisgarh RTI Rules have been made by the Governor in accordance to the provisions of sub section(1) read with sub- section (2) of Section 27 of the Right to Information Act, 2005. To enlighten yourself with the rules implemented by Chhattisgarh, you can read Chhattisgarh Right to Information Rules’ 2007.If you wish to exercise your Right to Information, follow the steps mentioned below in order to successfully file RTI Application in the State of Chhattisgarh.
Identify the Department to which you wish to file the RTI Application:
The first step to file an RTI Application is to identify the Department / Public Authority. Section 2 (h) of the RTI Act lays down the definition of Public Authorities that come under the ambit of the Act. For eg, all civic issues like water problem, garbage, street lights, building permission in cities are under respective Corporation. In case the matters pertain to Bilaspur Municipal Corporation which is a Public Authority, you should address the same to the Corporation.

Departments under Chhattisgarh Government
All Chhattisgarh State Government Departments and local governing bodies in Chhattisgarh like Municipal Corporations (Bilaspur Municipal Corporation, Korba Municipal Corporation, Ambikapur Municipal Corporation, Raipur Municipal Corporation etc.) Chhattisgarh State Power Generation Company Limited, Chhattisgarh Madhyamik Shiksha Mandal, Government Polytechnic College, Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission, School Education Department, Chhattisgarh, Chhattisgarh Professional Examination Board, Raipur Development Authority,Bhilai Steel Plant, NTPC,Chhattisgarh Housing Board, Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corporation Ltd., Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation, Chhattisgarh Swami Vivekanand Technical University, Bhilai, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur, Hidayatullah National Law University, Pt. Sundarlal Sharma (Open) University,etc.

List of Chhattisgarh State Government Departments are as follows:

Agriculture and Cooperation
Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
Consumer Affairs, Food Civil Supplies
Backward Classes Welfare
Department for Women, Children, Disabled and Senior Citizens
Environment, Forests, Science and Technology
General Administration
Health, Medical & Family Welfare
Higher Education
Industries and Commerce
Information Technology, Electronics and Communications
Transport, Roads and Buildings
School Education, etc.

Write your queries in the Application:
You should address your queries in the Application in simple language, you can write the application in English Language. It is important to note that “Wh” questions are not entertained in RTI. For eg, you wish to know the Status of your Water Connection Application from Bilaspur Municipal Corporation, you can frame the question as “Please provide information pertaining to the Status of the Water Connection” or “Please provide Reasons as per Record for Delay in issuing the Connection” instead of asking “Why is the Water connection not issued”. Also you cannot ask Situation Based questions / clarifications involving “If” in the application.

Whom should the RTI Application 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 applications should be addressed to the Public Information Officer of that Department.
When will the response be provided to your RTI Application?
According to the RTI Act, the response to the RTI application in Chhattisgarh, 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. A First Appeal can be filed to the First Appellate Authority (FAA) if there is no response from the government office after completion of 30 days or if the Applicant is not satisfied with the response of RTI Application.

In case you are not satisfied with the outcome of the First Appeal, or there has been no order passed by FAA, A Second Appeal can be filed to Chhattisgarh Information Commission.

Pay the Prescribed fee as per Chhattisgarh RTI Rules:
You have to make a Payment of Court Fee of Rs. 10/- to obtain information from the SPIO/SAPIO, under Section 6 (1) of the Act. Attach the fee in the form of Court Fee Stamp along with the Application. You can also make a payment in the mode of Cash against receipt/ treasury challan, Money order and Non judicial stamp.

Submit the Application:
Once the application is drafted as per the Steps mentioned above, you should send your application via speed post or registered post to the concerned Department.

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