time limit for obtaining documents under RTI



  • What is the time limit for obtaining documents under RTI Act?



  • Various time limit has been prescribed under which the information can be obtained under Right to Information Act. These time limits are prescribed by the Act itself, and failing which an RTI Applicant can approach appropriate authorities for relief.
    Following are the various time limits specified in the RTI Act 2005

    For matters involving "Life and Liberty", the time limit for the PIO to provide information is 48 Hours.

    For PIO to reply to application 30 days from date of receipt of application

    For PIO to transfer to another PA under Sec 6(3) 5 days from date of receipt of application

    For PIO to issue notice to 3rd Party 5 days from date of receipt of application

    For 3rd Party to make a representation to PIO 10 days from receipt of notice from PIO

    For PIO to reply to application if 3rd Party involved 40 days from date of receipt of application

    For applicant to make First Appeal 30 days from date of receipt of PIO’s reply or from date when reply was to be received

    For First Appellate Authority to pass an order 30 days from receipt of First Appeal OR
    Maximum 45 days, if reasons for delay are given in writing

    For applicant to make Second Appeal before CIC/SIC 90 days from receipt of First Appeal orders or from the date when orders were to be received

    For CIC/SIC to decide Second Appeal No time limit specified
    • 3rd Party can be anyone other than the citizen applying for information
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  • Kindly clear about my question. What is the time limit for obtaining additional documents on payment under RTI Act after receipt of reply from CPIO.


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