A lot of people, wonder — How does RTI Anonymous really work ? How can an Anonymous RTI work? Is it even legal ?
So this page explains in detail, on how it really works ..
RTI Anonymous in its true sense, is NOT Anonymous !!! Its real people filing real RTI.
RTI Anonymous is not based anywhere, but based everywhere, there is a wi-fi/internet connection.
See below – How RTI Anonymous Works:
STEP 1: So person A, who is based in say, Kanpur has a problem with a particular road in his locality and needs to file an RTI Request. He submits a request to RTI Anonymous, with details ofthe Public Information officer and his set of questions.
STEP 2: An expert in drafting RTI (in our case, for example, an Ex PIO and retired Registrar from Bangalore or a RTI Activist in Pune ) will draft the RTI. Few other experts in drafting RTI’s, based either in different parts of India or Concerned NRI’s from different parts of the world, review and draft the RTI.The RTI Request is now moved to the Drafted RTI Request Category. If the Experts decide that the request is frivolous or does not need anonymity or just to vague and needs more information, then its moved to its appropriate category (Non RTI, Non-Anonymous RTI or Unclear RTI Category).
Step 3: Once drafted, a concerned citizen from say, Chennai takes printout of this drafted RTI and puts in the IPO for the required amount and speed posts it.He then updates the website with the speed post number.
The RTI Request is now moved to the Filed RTI’s Category.
STEP 4: Once the Chennai guy receives the reply, he just takes a picture of the documents received with his cell phone or digital camera. Uploads it to his computer and then uploads it to the website. At times, he just does a normal post to one of the RTI Anonymous’s Core Team Member and they would then upload these documents to the website.
STEP 5: Once uploaded, the original requestor (from Kanpur or wherever) gets an automated email and he can then download the documents that he had recieved.
Also any Public Interest Litigation (PIL) lawyers or Journalist/Reporters can also download these documents from this website.
- The RTI is filed by a guy from say, Chennai.
- Drafted in say, Pune or London
- Reviewed in USA/Sweden/Hisar-Haryana etc.
- And the original request is to some govt. office in say Kanpur
- And the govt. documents are uploaded to a website by either the guy who filed or RTI-A team member
– All done by REAL PEOPLE with REAL ADDRESSES
Infact, even the founders of RTI Anonymous, have not met each other personally, yet !!
There is no head-office of RTI Anonymous !!
RTI-Anonymous does not depend on the government controlled traditional newspapers or news channels.
In this age of Facebook/Twitter, we do our own publicity !!
Every scanned RTI documents are eventually uploaded to Facebook/Twitter/Google+ and shared extensively: FACEBOOK ALBUM
We do not depend on donations. RTI Anonymous was originally conceptualised as a self funding initiative.
Any Donations are accepted with gratitude and as a mark of appreciation, for our effort. Every single paisa goes to the filing of the RTI’s.
Our entire accounts are completely transparent at RTI-Anonymous Accounts