How to file RTI to Departments in Sikkim?
The Right to Information Act, 2005 is applicable to all States of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir. However, each State differs in terms of implementation of the Act and each state has different guidelines when it comes to filing RTI application. In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 27 of the Right to Information Act, 2005 (22 of 2005), the State Government hereby makes the following rules namely Sikkim State Right to Information Regulation of Fee, Cost and Miscellaneous) Rules, 2005. To enlighten yourself with the rules implemented by Sikkim Government, you can readSikkim Right to Information Rules’2005.If you wish to exercise your right to information, follow the steps mentioned below in order to successfully file an RTI application in Sikkim.
Identify the Department to which you wish to file the RTI Application:
The first step to file an RTI Application is to identify the Department / Public Authority. Section 2 (h) of the RTI Act lays down the definition of Public Authorities that come under the ambit of the Act. For eg, all civic issues like water problem, garbage, street lights, building permission in cities are under respective Corporation. In case the matters pertain to Gangtok Municipal Corporation which is a Public Authority, you should address the same to the Corporation.
Departments under Sikkim Government
All Sikkim State Government Departments and local governing bodies in Sikkim like Municipal Corporations (Gangtok Municipal Corporation) Eastern Institute for Integrated Learning in Management University, Vinayaka Mission’s Sikkim University, Sikkim Manipal University, Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation, Sikkim State Pollution Control Board, Directorate of Technical Education,Sikkim, Sikkim University etc.

List of Sikkim State Government Departments are as follows:

  1. Animal Husbandry And Veterinary Service
  2. Building And Housing Department
  3. Commercial Taxes Division,FRED
  4. Cooperation Dept
  5. Central Information Commission
  6. Cultural Affairs And Heritage
  7. Commerce And Industries Department
  8. Department Of Sports And Youth affairs
  9. Directorate of Technical Education HRDD
  10. Ecclesiastical Affairs Department
  11. Energy And Power Department
  12. Excise Dept
  13. Election Department
  14. Food Security And Agriculture Development
  15. Forest Environment And Wildlife Dept
  16. Finance, Revenue & Expenditure Deptt.
  17. Health Department
  18. Human Resource Development Dept
  19. Information And Public Relations
  20. Irrigation And Flood Control Dept
  21. Land Revenue & Disaster Management
  22. Mines and Geology Department
  23. Roads And Bridges Dept
  24. Raj Bhavan
  25. Rural Management and Development Department
  26. Science & Technology Department
  27. Sikkim Public Service Commission
  28. State Election Commission, Sikkim
  29. Sikkim Vigilance Police
  30. Sikkim Police Dept
  31. Sikkim Archives, DIT
  32. Sikkim Information Commission
  33. Social Justice Empowerment And Welfare
  34. SIMFED
  35. Tourism Dept
  36. Urban Dev & Housing Dept
  37. Water Security & PHE Department

Write your queries in the Application:

You should address your queries in the Application in simple language, you can write the application in English Language. It is important to note that “Wh” questions are not entertained in RTI. For eg, you wish to know the Status of your Water Connection Application from Gangtok Municipal Corporation, you can frame the question as “Please provide information pertaining to the Status of the Water Connection” or “Please provide Reasons as per Record for Delay in issuing the Connection” instead of asking “Why is the Water connection not issued”. Also you cannot ask Situation Based questions / clarifications involving “If” in the application.
Whom should the RTI Application be addressed to?
Under the RTI Act, 2005 every department should appoint a Public Information Officer (PIO) who is responsible to receive and reply to RTI applications filed to that department. Hence, all the RTI applications should be addressed to the Public Information Officer of that Department.
When will the response be provided to your RTI Application?
According to the RTI Act, the response to the RTI application in Sikkim, or any other state should be provided by the PIO within 30 days from the receipt of the same. This includes applications made online or offline. If the information requested in the RTI relates to another department, then the PIO is mandated to transfer the same within 5 days from the receipt of the RTI to that department who has the information. A First Appeal can be filed to the First Appellate Authority (FAA) if there is no response from the government office after completion of 30 days or if the Applicant is not satisfied with the response of RTI Application.
In case you are not satisfied with the outcome of the First Appeal, or there has been no order passed by FAA, A Second Appeal can be filed to Sikkim Information Commission.
Pay the Prescribed fee as per Sikkim RTI Rules:
A request for obtaining information under Sub-Section (1) of Section 6 shall be made to the concerned State Public Information Officer in an application preferably in the form as given in Annexure ― A accompanied by an application fee of Rs.100/- by way of bank receipt to be deposited under Major Head 0070.OAS (E) RTI Fee payable to the public authority. Where an electronic application is made, the applicant shall send a money order/cheque/demand draft to the PIO for the application fee or send a copy of a payment receipt either by post, fax, PDF or in person.

RTI Application shall include the following:

  1. Name, father’s name, permanent address of the applicant;
  2. Documentary proof of being a citizen of India. (Explanation: Certified copy of Sikkim Subject Certificate, a certified copy of Certificate of Identification, Attested copy of Passport, a certified copy of the Electoral Roll will suffice for this purpose.)
  3. An address to which notices and information can be sent;
  4. The date the application is submitted;
  5. Subject matter of the information requested, including if relevant the period and/or geographic area to which the information relates;
  6. Form of access preferred (optional).

Submit the Application:

Once the application is drafted as per the Steps mentioned above, you should send your application via speed post or registered post to the concerned Department.

To file an RTI Application on OnlineRTI, follow the steps below:

Visit the Apply page and write your question in simple English.
Proceed with the Payment to complete your application.
Our Team of RTI experts and lawyers will draft your application and we will send it to you for your approval. After your approval, we will post and send your application to the concerned Public Authority / Department.
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