Official Website of Alipurduar District

Government of West Bengal


 

RIGHT TO INFORMATION


HOW TO APPLY UNDER RTI ACT 2005:

 

A person, who desires to obtain any information under this Act, shall make a request in writing or through electronic means in English or Hindi or in the official language of the area in which the application is being made, accompanied by a fee of Rupees Ten only( exempted for BPL on attaching a document to prove that he belongs to the BPL category)

RTI application must be addressed to whom- To the the Central Assistant Public Information Officer or State Assistant Public Information Officer, as the case may be.

Time frame for providing a reply under RTI Act 2005- 30 days.

Fees-

1. An application containing a request in writing to the State Public Information Officer or the State Assistant Public Information Officer, as the case may be, made under sub-section (I) of Section 6 for obtaining information, shall be accompanied with a court-fee of rupees ten.

2. Fee for providing information - Save as otherwise provided in the provision to sub-section (5) of Section '7, the State Public Information Officer or the State Assistant Public Information Officer, as the case may be, shall provide Information under sub-section (I), and sub-section (5), of Section 7 upon receipt or a request under Section 6, on payment of a fee of -

                               (a) rupees two, for each page (in A-4 or A-3 size paper) created or copied; or
                               (b) actual charge or cost price, for a copy in large size paper; or (c) actual cost price, for sample or model; or
                               (d) rupees five for each fifteen minutes or fraction thereof, for inspection of records; or
                               (e) rupees fifty per diskette or floppy, for information provided in the diskette or floppy; or
                               (f) actual charge fixed for publication or rupees two per page of photocopy for extracts there from; for information provided in printed form.

Time frame for applying for appeal-Any person who, does not receive a decision within the time specified or is aggrieved by a decision of the Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, may within thirty days from the expiry of such period or from the receipt of such a decision prefer an appeal to such officer who is senior in rank to the Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer as the case may be, in each public authority.

For list of SPIOs, SAPIOs and Appellate Authority of Alipurduar District please click here.

HOW TO APPLY UNDER West Bengal Right to Public Services Act 2013:

 

The eligible citizen shall apply to the Designated Officer for obtaining the service in prescribed form for that par-ticular service along with the documents required for providing the service. The citizen shall get an acknowledgement in Form I after receipt of the application by the Designated Officer or his / her authorised officer. The acknowledgement will be issued to the applicant in Form I containing the due date of service if all the essential documents are attached with the application. Otherwise the due date of service will not be mentioned. The citizen can get the information of the status of the application by giving his No. and Date of receiving applica-tion in the office of the Designated Officer, which are mentioned in the acknowledgement. The Designated Officer shall cause to display all relevant information related to services, stipulated time limit, Designated Officer, Appellate Officer and the Reviewing Officer on the Notice Board of the office for convenience of the public. All documents that are required to be enclosed with the application for receiving the service and the Forms appended to these Rules shall also be displayed similarly. The Designated Officer can authorise any of his / her subordinate officer to receive the application and issue acknowledgement. The name of the authorised officer will be displayed in the Notice Board. For each service, the essential documents to be attached along with the application will be displayed on the Notice Board by the Designated Officer. Accordingly, the applicant has to submit the essential documents along with the application to make it complete in all respect. Due date of service will be mentioned by the officer concerned only when the application is complete in all respect. The Designated Officer on receipt of an application shall within the stipulated time limit either provide service or reject the application and in case of rejection of application, shall record the reasons for not providing service in writing and intimate to the applicant. Public holidays shall not be included in the stipulated time limit for providing the service.

HOW TO FILE A FIRST APPEAL:

The applicant whose application has been rejected by the Designated Officer or who is not provided with the ser-vice within the prescribed time limit may file an appeal. The applicant can file the appeal within 30 days from the date of receipt of the order of rejection of application or the expiry of the stipulated time limit. No fee shall be required for appeals and revisions.

The applicant aggrieved by the order of the Designated Officer may file appeal before the Appellate Officer in From II along with following information /documents:-

         1. Name and complete address of the appellant;

         2. Brief description of required service;

         3. Date of the application produced before Designated Officer for providing service;

         4. Self attested copy of the order against which the first appeal or second appeal is being made;

         5. Copies of the documents relied upon by the appellant and referred to in the first appeal or second appeal;

         6. The grounds for appeal;

         7. Relief sought;

         8. Any other information necessary for filing appeal. If appeal is against the refusal of acknowledgement of application by the Designated Officer then the date of the application and the name and address of the Designated Officer to whom the application was presented.

The Appellate Officer may order the Designated Officer to provide the service within the specified period or may reject the appeal. An aggrieved appellant may prefer a second appeal against the decision of the Appellate Officer before the Reviewing Officer. The appellant aggrieved by the order of the Appellate Officer shall file appeal before the Reviewing Officer within 60 days from the date on which the decision was made.

HOW TO FILE A SECOND APPEAL:

The applicant aggrieved by the order of the Appellate Officer may file appeal before the Reviewing Officer in From III along with following information /documents:-

         1. Name and complete address of the appellant;

         2. Brief description of required service;

         3. Date of the application produced before Designated Officer for providing service;

         4. Self attested copy of the order against which the first appeal or second appeal is being made;

         5. Copies of the documents relied upon by the appellant and referred to in the first appeal or second appeal;

         6. The grounds for appeal;

         7. Relief sought;

         8. Any other information necessary for filing appeal. If appeal is against the refusal of acknowledgement of application by the Designated Officer then the date of the application and the name and address of the Designated Officer to whom the application was presented.

PENALTY

         1. If the Reviewing Officer finds that the Designated Officer has failed to provide service without sufficient and reasonable cause, then he may impose a penalty against the Designated Officer which shall not be less than Rs. 250/- and not more than Rs. 1000/-.

         2. Where the Reviewing Officer is of the opinion that the Designated Officer has caused delay in providing the service, then he may impose a penalty at the rate of Rs. 250 /- per day for such delay on the designated officer, which shall not be more than Rs. 1000/-.

         3. Where the Reviewing Officer is of the opinion that the Appellate Officer has failed to decide the appeal within the stipulated time limit without any sufficient and reasonable cause, then he may impose a penalty on Appellate Officer which shall not be less than Rs. 250/- and more than Rs. 1000/-.

         4. The Reviewing Officer, if satisfied that the Designated Officer or the Appellate Officer has failed to dis-charge the duties assigned to him under this Act, without sufficient and reasonable cause, may recommend disciplinary action against him/ her under the service rules applicable to him / her.

         5. However, the Designated Officer and the Appellate Officer will be given a reasonable opportunity of being heard before any penalty is imposed on him / her.

Types of Forms

Sl No. Form NO. Form for

1

Form I

Acknowledgement

2

Form II

Form of Appeal to the Appellate Officer

3

Form III

Form of Appeal to the Reviewing Officer

5

Form IV

Register of Cases

6

Form V

Form of Oath


For list of SPIOs, SAPIOs and Appellate Authority of Alipurduar District please click here.