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RTI Act - 2005


In order to provide greater transparency and accountability in the functioning of “public authorities”, the Government of India has enacted Right to Information Act 2005. The Act entitles the citizens to obtain information pertaining to public authorities, subject to compliance with prescribed procedure. The Act has been notified on June 15, 2005 and as such every “public authority” is required to publish prescribed information. Under Section 4 of the Act, all the public authorities are required to make pro-active disclosure of information. This act empowers every citizen to seek information and to gain ideas and acquire new knowledge to improve quality of life as well as to participate in the effective governance of public authorities.

How to Apply for Information

 Under Section (6) of Act, any person desiring any information about TSTRANSCO under RTI Act shall make a request in English or Telugu to the PIO of TSTRANSCO for the information required alongwith fee prescribed. The applicant is required to comply with the following conditions The applicant shall be a citizen of India. As proof of citizenship any of the proof of the following documents may be attached to the application.
  • Ration card/Pan card/Adhar card/Electricity Bill/Driving Licence/Passport Document/Telephone Bill.

Whom to Apply for Information

The applicant should apply to
The State Public Information Officer/TSTRANSCO,
Vidyut Soudha, Hyderabad-500082

Time limit for furnishing the information

As per Section 7 Sub-section (1) subject to the provison to sub-section (2) of section 5 or the proviso to sub-section (3) of section 6, the Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, on receipt of a requet under section6 shall, as expeditiously as possible, and in any case within thirty days of the receipt of the request, either provide the information on payment of such fee as may be prescribed or reject the request for any of the reasons specified in sections 8 and 9 of the Act.
Provided that where the information sought for concerns the life or liberty of a person, the same shall be provided within forty-eight hours of the receipt of the request.

Fee Payable and Mode of Payment (Cash,DD,Cheque etc)

Application Fee
For providing information under sub-section(1) or sub-section (5) of section 7, a fee of Rs.10/- shall be charged, by affixing court fee stamps on the application or by way of cash or postal order or demand draft or bankers cheque, payable to the Pay Officer/TSTRANSCO in the form of IPO/DD or Court fee stamp or can be paid in cash to the Pay Officer / TSTRANSCO / VS / Hyderabad along with application for seeking information.
Fee to be charged for providing information
Priced material:
Publications printed mater, text, maps, plans, floppies, CDs samples, models or material in any other form, which are priced, the sale price thereof;
Other than Priced Material:?
(i)Material in printed or text form (in A4 or A3 size paper) Rs.2/- per each page per copy ;
(ii)Material in printed or text form in larger than A4 or A3 size paper actual cost thereof;
(iii)Maps and Plans – actual cost thereof;
(iv)Information in Electronic format viz., floppy, CD or DVD:
(a) Rupees fifty for Floppy of 1.44 MB;
(b) Rupees one hundred for CD of 700MB; and
(c) Rupees two hundred for CD(DVD);
(v)Samples and Models- actual cost thereof;
(vi)Inspection of records – no fee for the first hour; and a fee of rupees five for each subsequent hours(or fraction thereof) thereafter. As amended vide G.O.Ms.No.454 GA(I&PR.II) Department, Dt.12-12-2005.
(vii)Material to be sent by post- the actual postal charges in additional to the charge payable as per these rules.
If the applicant belongs to below poverty line (BPL) category, he is not required to pay any fee. However, he should submit a proof in support of his claim to belong to the below poverty line. The application not accompanied by the prescribed fee of Rs.10/- or proof of the applicant’s belonging to below poverty line, as the case may be, shall not be a valid application under the Act and, therefore, does not entitle the applicant to get information.

Appeal Provision

Any person who, does not receive a decision within the time specified in sub-section(1) or clause (a) of sub-section(3) of section 7, 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 appellate authority.
Provided that such officer may admit the appeal after the expiry of the period of thirty days if he or she is satisfied that the appellant was prevented by sufficient cause from filling the appeal in time.
Where an appeal is preferred against an order made by a Central Public Information Officer or a State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, under section 11 to disclose third party information, the appeal by the concerned third party shall be made within thirty days from the date of the order.
An appeal under sub-section (1) or sub-section(2) shall be disposed of within thirty days of the receipt of the appeal or within such extended period not exceeding a total of forty five days from the date of filing thereof, as the case may be, for reasons to be recorded in writing.