1. The Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) of the Prime Minister’s Office is obliged to provide only such information which is held by or under control of this Office and related to its function(s) as defined under the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961.
2. Matters relating to Ministries/Department of the Central Government
a) The RTI Act, 2005 provides that if any information sought by any person is held by or is primarily the function of another public authority such applications will be transferred to that other public authority. It is, therefore, advised that the applications for information on specific subjects pertaining to Ministries or Departments may be sent directly to the Public Information Officer of the concerned Ministry / Department so that their requests could be timely attended to. In case of doubt in regard to allocation of work among Ministries / Departments of the Central Government, the applicants may refer to the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961.
b) However, the applications for obtaining information which pertain to Multiple Public Authorities (e.g. involve more than one Ministry/ Department) shall not be transferred to such other Public Authorities and the request of the RTI Applicants in such cases, is liable to be rejected.
3. Matters relating to State and UT Governments: In respect of information pertaining to functions relating to State Governments/UTs, the applicants are advised to address their application to the concerned public authority in the respective State Government(s)/UTs.
4. For seeking information from the Ministries/Departments of the Central Government or Public Authorities under the State Government(s), the applicants may also refer to their respective website(s) a directory of which is available on GOI web directory.
5. The CPIO is not supposed to create information that is not part of the record of the Prime Minister’s Office. The CPIO is also not required to furnish information which requires:-
a) drawing of inference;
b) making of assumptions;
c) interpreting information;
d) solve the problems raised by the applicants;
e) obtaining information held by other public authority(s); or,
f) furnish replies to hypothetical questions.
6. All information relating to PMO and of potential public interest is made available on PMO’s website under the heading “Right to Information” and other sections. Applicants are advised to refer to the website to access available information so as to obviate filing of RTI applications for the purposes.