Guidelines for Appellate Authorities

  • Always respond to the appeal within the specified time
  • If you think you will need more than 30 days, record the reason for this and also keep the petitioner informed. In any case, send the reply within 45 days.
  • Do not forward the appeal to the PIO asking him to deal with it or to give a reply. This will amount to abdication of resposibility vested in you by a law. You have to pass a speaking order after careful scrutiny of the petition, reply, if any, by the PIO and the contents of the appeal