What are the real benefits of Right to Information for a common man
Right to Information is a revolution. It makes the Government Offices reply to your questions. File an RTI asking for information about your pending cases like Passport delay or Pension delay and immediately the Government Office comes into play.
Once you file an RTI, the Public Information officer creates a file of your RTI and send it to relevant babu for comments. In most of the times your case if one amongst many and is not heard out of the turn. But when you file an RTI, your case props up in front of the concerned babu.
He needs to bring out the file of yours to make a reply to RTI. He cannot shelve your file thereafter without a strong reason. Can he write that it is pending at his desk or section?
Therefore, in the majority of cases, he not only replies to RTI but also solves the case. <note tip>File a simple RTI asking for where is the file of yours, the dak movement and copy of the note sheet /Correspondence and see the trick</note>
Recently, we saw many online websites and social media which allow us to air our views. Frequently, we post photos, videos on social media. But unless your post is viral or catches the attention of Media / Politician or a Social Media Savvy Municipal Commissioner / District Collector, your post has no luck.
There is a good news for you. Use RTI!
Wait no more. Be smart. Search for the relevant authority first. If it is local roads, it is Municipal Corporation, if it is National High way, then it is National Highway Authority of India. That's the hardest part. But don't worry. Even if you don't know the Public Authority, file an RTI to most relevant public Authority and that Public Authority is bound to forward your RTI. Remember he cannot return your RTI, that's the best part.
First of all we have compiled free RTI Sample application which you can simply download and fill. Go to our samples to download them. Following things will happen with your RTI
<note tip>Keep your RTI simple and to the point. As far as possible, focus on one issue at a time</note>
If your ordinary application is long pending with any government dept/office or you are not getting satisfactory replies/action, or bribe is being demanded, you can lodge an application under this act and ask for questions/information. Here is the Guide from our Blogger JP Shah
Many of RTI Applications have help thousand others in solving the long pending issues. A student who migrated to US after staying in a rented apartment in Chennai was able to solve the encroachment issues by filing RTI online from US. Why not we!
<note tip>Remember, drafting RTI in long pending cases is vital. You should take help from our Active Members at forum to draft a good RTI application. Head to our forum here.</note>
The Members of Parliament Local Area Development Division is entrusted with the responsibility of implementation of Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS). Under the scheme, each MP has the choice to suggest to the District Collector for, works to the tune of Rs.5 Crores per annum to be taken up in his/her constituency.
A normal tendency is to stagger the recommendations on the last year of the term so that for next election, benefits can be reaped. You know, an MP apart from legislature function, utilization of 5 Cr is the most important functions he performs. But have we made our MPs aware of their work? Now you can do that with RTI filed to District Collector
<note tip>With an RTI it is very simple to get to know what works your MP is recommending or not recommending at all. Go ahead and file an RTI for MPLAD funds utilization. We have the sample RTI for you here. RTI for MPLAD Funds</note>
The above is the research finding. Can you see top reasons- 'To Support the cause they feel strongly about'. Yes that's correct. But when you post with Government records obtained from RTI, the value of your post increases tremendously. Go to our twitter handle and see how common man has become so much relevant to our society. Here is our handle @rtiindia
<note tip>Add the truth, facts obtained from RTI. You know that information obtained from RTI is only TRUTH and nothing else. Government Officer cannot give you false information. You are now an authentic Social Media Poster. Congratulations!</note>
We all enjoy the connection. And what best can be then to have connections with Government Officers. They are powerful and resourceful. Once you file RTI, not only you get to know the Department, but also who does what. Many RTI Activist knows each officer, their antecedents, and their work style just by filing RTI continuously. Who knows you make them friends one day!
<note tip>Also be polite and courteous while you go for inspection. Meet the officer and introduce yourself. This way they get to know you and you get to know them.</note>
Yes, you heard it right. With such plethora of authentic information, you can become the News reporter. Many RTI Activist frequently come on News Channels & News papers making their views regarding information obtained under RTI. If not big, you can open your YouTube channel, Twitter handles or a Facebook page to air your views. <note tip>Beleive us, if you make concerted efforts by picking certain areas of concern, people will hear you so do the Government</note>