The Right to Information is simply known as RTI. The existence of this act came in 2005 which practically supports and enables the Indian citizens to claim or have right to know the information relating the Indian government activities. This Act mandates timely response to Citizen's request for any government Information. It mainly aims in promoting transparency within Indian Government institutions. The RTI was basically adopted with a sense to make the Indian Government accountable for its work thereby empowering the Citizen's to ask for information regarding its activities. This Act is applicable to both the State and Central Government of India. The RTI was a replacement for the Freedom of Information Act, 2002. This Act was passed by the Parliament of India on 15th June 2005 and came in to force on 12th October 2005 which coded the fundamental rights of the Indian Citizen.
The Indian Citizen holds the right to ask for any Records, Documents, Circulars, Contracts, Reports, Papers, Memos, email etc. which are in the form of hard copy or in electronic form from all the government holding authorities. There are various sections of administrative activities that are exempted from the RTI Act, 2005 of which can be sorted out under section 8 and 9 of the RTI Act, 2005. Being an Indian Citizen you don't have to provide any specific reason to apply for RTI, it's upon your wish to seek information under the RTI Act, 2005.
More often we are unaware about the procedure for claiming the RTI. It is basically simple and hassle free and doesn't require any such format in particular. Any Indian Citizen can ask for information of their interest by filling up an application form marked to the Public Information Officer (PIO). The PIO is generally appointed on all the administrative level in all the Government organizations. The application can also be typed or written on a simple plain paper in any official language or the language of the particular state marked to the PIO and properly enclosed with the valid contact numbers, correspondence address, Email Id's (If any) so that the PIO can revert back to your RTI. The RTI application should be very much specific, clear and complete rather than being complicated. It is advisable to keep the photocopy with you for future reference or if applied via post then it is always safe to send it by registered post so that you have an acknowledgement for the same. Also if the application is submitted in Person then don't forget to take the receiving copy from the person to whom the application was been handed over with date and signature of the receiving authority. To file a RTI application it's not mandate that the people who all are applying should be literate or educated. Any uneducated person can also file RTI to the PIO by insisting the PIO to write it on behalf of him/her. The PIO is also obliged to write it on their behalf and read it in front of them before claiming or putting up the RTI. It is also not mandate that the application has to be written of fresh page it can be applied on a crumpled page to with a legible right to information and duly signed and addressing to the concerned authorities.
Therefore, Filing RTI application is very easy and convenient way, lest we follow the norms of the Government organization relating to the RTI. Also, the PIO cannot refuse to accept the RTI application form for information under any circumstances. Even if the information does not pertain to his/her department/jurisdiction, he/she has to accept it and it is his /her duty bound to do so.