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Walajah - Apply for Right To Information (RTI)

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This procedure explains various ways to Apply for Right To Information (RTI) in Walajah.

  • Application in writing can be submitted directly to the concerned Public Information Officer (PIO) or at electronically in English or local official language
  • Pay the prescribed fee of Rs. 10/-. The citizen will be issued a receipt on submission of the application containing application no., date, and details of the concerned CPIOs.
  • With in 30 days you will get the information. If information is given by third party then invite objections if any it will take 10 more days extra.


Required Documents[edit]

  • Request to the PIO must be in writing.
  • Aadhaar Card

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

State Chief Information Commissioner

Tamil Nadu Information Commission
No. 2 Sir Theagaraya Salai, Near Aalai Amman Koil, Teynampet, Chennai - 600018
(Post Box No-6405, Teynampet)
Chennai - 600 018
Telefax:044 24357580
Email: [email protected]



  • Citizens of India


  • No fees for Below Poverty Line applicant
  • Application: Rs 10
  • Mode of payment: Cash, Demand draft or bankers chequ

Note: If information is not given within time limit it must be given free of cost

Additional Fees
  • A-4 / A-3 paper: Rs 2 per page
  • Large size paper: Actual cost
  • Publication and printed form: At price so fixed of publication or at Rs 2 per page per page photocopy or in printed form
  • Samples and Models: Actual cost
  • Floppy/CD/diskette or any other electronic mode: Rs.50/-
  • Inspection of records: Free for first hour and Rs 5 for each 1 hour or a fraction thereof;

Second Appeals and complaints against non-disclosure of information may be filed with the Tamil Nadu State Information Commission.


With in 30 days PIO should give the information to the applicant. If information is given by third party then invite objections if any and add another 10 more days extra.

Documents to Use[edit]

Apply in plain paper (No form or document is prescribed) in English or Tamil to the concerned Public Information Officer of the public authority. Applicants can therefore use sample format shown below.


Sample Documents[edit]

Sample Format for RTI Application


Date________ By regd./speed post AD


Dept/Office________________________ Place______________________________

1. Name of the Applicant:

2. Full Address with phone No

3. Particulars of information required, which kindly provide:

4. Details of payment of application fee: Non-judicial court fee stamp of Rs.10/- is affixed on the top hereinabove. OR Demand draft/bankers cheque No. _______dtd. ______for Rs.10/- is enclosed. OR Cash of Rs.10/- has been paid against enclosed original receipt No.________dtd__________of your dept.

5. Details of enclosures [if any]: Photocopies of _______

Encls: Signature of Applicant

Processing Time[edit]

  • Information requested by the citizen is to be provided within 30 days, 48 hours where life or liberty is involved, 35 days where request is given to Asst. PIO, 40 days where third party is involved and 45 days for human rights violation information from listed security/ intelligence agencies.
  • Time taken for calculation and intimation of fees excluded from the time frame.

Related Videos[edit]

Tamil Nadu - Apply for Right To Information (RTI)

தமிழ்நாடு - தகவலுக்காக விண்ணப்பிக்கவும் (RTI)



Right to information Act 2005 empowers every citizen to

  • Ask Questions from the Government or seek any information
  • Take copies of any government documents
  • Inspect any government documents
  • Inspect any government works
  • Take samples of materials of any government work
Application Process
  • Apply in person or electronically in English or local official Language.
  • Time limit of giving information is 30 days
  • If information concerns life and liberty of a person then the information must be given within 48 hours
  • If information is given by third party then invite objections if any then it will take another 10 days extra.

Required Information[edit]

  • Name of the applicant
  • Full Address
  • Phone / Mobile Number
  • Particulars of required information


Need for the Document[edit]

Tamil Nadu was the first state in India to enact an access law, namely the Walajah Right to Information Act 1997. The Act was passed by the Legislative Assembly in the first half of 1997, received the assent of the Governor on 4 May 1997 and was notified the following day. It is notable that the government initiated the process of developing a law. There was no civil society movement advocating for the right to information in the State.

Though it was positive that Walajah was the first state to pass an access to information law, in fact the law is weak and has been widely criticised by civil society. Most problematically, the Act has 21 exemptions, including 12 sub-clauses, many of which are unclear in their application. Appeals are available, but only internally rather than to an independent body. The Act also fails to require proactive information disclosure by the Government.

In May 2005, the national Right to Information Act 2005 was passed by Parliament. The RTI Act 2005 received Presidential assent on 15 June and came fully into force on 12 October 2005. (For more information on the passage of the Act and implementation at the national level, click here.) The RTI Act 2005 covers all Central, State and local government bodies.

It is not clear at this time as to whether the Walajah RTI Act will be repealed. Notably though, the Walajah Government has already taken some initial steps to implement the new national RTI Act.

Information which might help[edit]

The following information is exempt from disclosure under Section 8 of the RTI Act.

  • Information, disclosure of which would prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security, strategic, scientific or economic interests of the State, relation with foreign State or lead to incitement of an offence;
  • Information which has been expressly forbidden to be published by any court of law or tribunal or the disclosure of which may constitute contempt of court;
  • Information, the disclosure of which would cause of breach of privilege of Parliament or the State Legislature;
  • Information including commercial confidence, trade secrets or intellectual property, the disclosure of which would harm the competitive position of a third party, unless the competent authority is satisfied that larger public interest warrants the disclosure of such information;
  • Information available to a person in his fiduciary relationship, unless the competent authority is satisfied that the larger public interest warrants the disclosure of such information;
  • Information received in confidence from foreign Government;
  • Information, the disclosure of which would endanger the life or physical safety of any person or identify the source of information or assistance given in confidence for law enforcement or security purposes;
  • Information which would impede the process of investigation or apprehension or prosecution of offenders;
  • Cabinet papers including records of deliberations of the Council of Ministers, Secretaries and other officers;
  • Information which relates to personal information the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual;
  • Only that part of the record which does not contain any information which is exempt from disclosure and which can reasonably be served from any part that contains exempt information, may be provided.
  • Third parties have a right to be heard in respect of applications and appeals dealing with information submitted by them to the Government in confidence.
  • PIO may reject a request for information where such a request for providing access would involve an infringement of copyright subsisting in a person other than the State.
IC can penalise PIO Rs. 250/- per day up to a maximum of Rs. 25,000/- for -
  • Refusal to receive application without reasonable cause
  • Not furnishing information within time limit without reasonable cause
  • Malafidely denying information without reasonable cause
For persistent violation of the law IC can recommend disciplinary action
  • Knowingly giving incorrect, incomplete, misleading information
  • Destroying information which was the subject of request
  • Obstructing furnishing of information in any manner

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

RTI Portal of India
RTI Videos/Audios



More information which might help people in Walajah can be listed here.