Welcome to the Crime Research Investigation Agency of India (CRIAI), where we are dedicated to promoting transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement in combating crime. As part of our commitment to empowering citizens, we recognize the importance of the Right to Information (RTI) Act as a powerful tool for accessing vital information and fostering greater transparency within governmental agencies.

This guide aims to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the RTI Act and how you can effectively utilize it to gather information from CRIAI. By exercising your right to information, you can play an active role in promoting accountability and fighting against crime in our society.

Understanding the Right to Information Act: The Right to Information Act, 2005, empowers every citizen of India to seek information from public authorities, including government departments and agencies, about their functioning, decisions, and actions. This Act promotes transparency and accountability in governance by ensuring that citizens have access to information that affects their lives and interests.

  1. To work in the field of Right to Information
  2. To make a sincere and genuine effort through this Forum to bring all the RTI activists together to work in a cohesive manner
  3. To act as a nodal body for all the RTI activists and activities
  4. To look into all matters related with RTI activists
  5. To work for the training of the RTI activists
  6. To provide guidance and support to the RTI activists
  7. To look into all kinds of security related aspects of RTI activists
  8. To create awareness of the RTI Act among the common masses
  9. To keep a watchful eye at the RTI Act
  10. To keep advocating for the further betterment of the legal provisions of the RTI Act
  11. To try to make Right to Information a mass movement
  12. To do all such works as Seminars, work-shops, representations, public meetings etc. to fulfil the above needs
  13. To do Publication work for the above-mentioned cause
  14. To give awards to the deserving RTI activists.

Key Provisions of the RTI Act:

  1. Right to Access Information: Under the RTI Act, citizens have the right to request information from CRIAI regarding its activities, decisions, and policies.

  2. Requesting Information: To obtain information under the RTI Act, citizens need to submit a written request to the designated Public Information Officer (PIO) of CRIAI. The request should clearly specify the information sought and be accompanied by the prescribed application fee, if applicable.

  3. Timeframe for Response: CRIAI is required to provide the requested information within 30 days of receiving the RTI application. In certain cases, this period may be extended by another 30 days, with proper justification.

  4. Exemptions: While the RTI Act promotes transparency, it also recognizes certain exemptions where information may be withheld, such as national security, privacy, and confidentiality of investigations.

How to File an RTI Application with CRIAI:

  1. Identify the Information Needed: Before filing an RTI application, clearly identify the information you require from CRIAI. This could include data on crime statistics, investigation procedures, or policies.

  2. Draft Your RTI Application: Write a concise and specific RTI application addressing the Public Information Officer of CRIAI. Clearly state the information you are seeking and provide any relevant details to assist in locating the requested information.

  3. Pay the Application Fee: If applicable, ensure that you include the prescribed application fee along with your RTI application. The fee amount may vary depending on the mode of payment and the type of information requested.

  4. Submit Your RTI Application: Send your RTI application via post or electronically to the designated PIO of CRIAI. Keep a copy of your application and payment receipt for future reference.

  5. Follow Up on Your Application: After submitting your RTI application, monitor the status of your request through regular follow-ups with CRIAI. If you do not receive a response within the stipulated timeframe, you have the right to file an appeal with the designated appellate authority.

Conclusion: As responsible citizens, it is imperative to exercise our right to information to hold governmental agencies accountable and promote transparency in governance. By utilizing the provisions of the Right to Information Act, we can contribute to the efforts of Crime Research Investigation Agency of India (CRIAI) in combating crime and fostering a safer society for all. Let us harness the power of information to drive positive change and uphold the principles of democracy and justice.