Guidelines for Public Information Officers

  • Ensure that there is a board in your office giving the following details:1. Name of the PIO and his designation 2. Designation of the Appellate Authority and his address
  • If the requested information does not relate to your office, follow the provision in Section 6(3) by forwarding the petition within 5 days
  • Send your reply within the prescribed time limit, viz. within 30 days of receipt of the petition.
  • Remember you become liable for action under Section 20(1) which provides for a maximum penalty of Rs 25,000 at the rate of Rs 250 per day for any dereliction. You may also become liable for disciplinary action under Section 20(2).
  • Mention your name while giving reply.