Nowadays, in this streaming world, most of the Central and State Governments have adopted the facility of applying the RTI applications online. This is the easy and secure way to apply the RTI application as it saves your energy and time in submitting the application in person and also the application is received to the PIO in minutes of time thereby, sending you the acknowledgement on your valid E-mail Id. For online applications some nominal charges are also levied as they draft your application and send it to the respective concerning authorities. Also if the application is submitted thou in person or online then the application is only valid after paying the nominal court fee charges of Rs. 10/- per application. The average TAT is basically of 30 to 60 days depending upon the time it takes to gather the information for the RTI applied from the date of the receipt of the application.
Nevertheless, there are various government bodies exempted from the RTI relating to the Defense and Intelligence domain likewise the RAW, BSF, CISF, CRPF, Intelligence Bureau etc. The RTI law states that any information which cannot be denied to a Member of Parliament or state legislature cannot also be denied to any citizen of India. There are various online web portals of the concerning Government authorities where an application for RTI can be filled. Theses web portal's can be utilized by the Indian Citizen to file the online application of the first Appeal under the RTI Act 2005 pertaining to the various departments of the Government of Maharashtra. Initially, the online application facility was only available for the Mantralaya departments in Maharashtra. There are certain procedures need to follow while filling an online application. They are as follows:
1. To apply RTI online in Maharashtra click on this link or cop paste in your browser "https://rtionline.maharashtra.gov.in".
2. On the home page there is a Submit Request Button in the Menu bar. Click on that button and you will be redirected to a new page wherein the applicant has to fill all the mandate details which are marked in *
3. There are certain Text boxes where an applicant needs to write the RTI of his interest. The text box is been defined by a character limit of only 150 words. In case, the RTI extends to 150 characters then the applicant can attach the attachment by uploading it as a "Supporting Document".
4. Once the application is been applied successfully then the applicant is been redirected to the Payment Gateway Page where the applicant needs to pay a fee of Rs. 20/- per RTI filled or as per the prescribed RTI fees by clicking on the "Make Payment" button in order to make the payment.
5. The payment can be done through various options available like" Internet Banking", "ATM cum debit Cards" and via "Credit Cards".
6. Once the payment is done and the application is submitted successfully then it generates a unique registration number which is received via registered mobile number or E-mail which can be utilized for future references.
7. The application would reach the RTI to the concerned department's "Nodal Officer" electronically. He / She then transmits the same to the Public Information Officer i.e. PIO.
8. If in case an extra fees needs to pay for the particular RTI then the PIO would intimate via E-mail or SMS or the applicant check its status by login into the respective account.
9. In order make Appeal to the First Appellate authority, then the applicant has to click on the "Submit Appeal" button and fill in all the details that appears on the page and which are mandate.
10. The applicant can check its RTI status by using its Unique Registration number by clicking on to the "Status" button after login in to their accounts. The status relating to the Application filled on date, Application fees if required any, Appeal Filled on and Replied on date.
In order to make an online RTI an applicant needs to follow all the above procedure and to get updated regarding their RTI filled the applicant need to provide me a valid contact number and E-mail id.