What We do

State Level RTI : Puducherry


In May 2005, the national Right to Information Act 2005 was passed by Parliament. The RTI Act 2005 received Presidential assent on 15 June and came fully into force on 12 October 2005. (For more information on the passage of the RTI Act 2005 and implementation at the national level, click here.) The RTI Act 2005 covers all Central, State and local government bodies and applies to the Union Territory of Pondicherry.

The Pondicherry Administration has started implementing the RTI Act 2005. Click here to view the Right to Information Regulation of Fee and Cost Rules 2005 andRight to Information Appeal Rules 2005 notified by the Central Government.

For a list of Public Information Officers and Appellate Authorities designated by the State Government, click here.

Details of Fee & Costs          


Rs 10

Mode of payment

Cash, demand draft, bankers cheque

Additional Fees:


A-4/ A-3 paper, photocopied paper

Rs 2 per page

Larger size paper

Actual cost

Inspection of Records

Free for first hour and Rs 5 for each 15 minutes or a fraction thereof;

Floppy/CD/diskette or any other

 electronic mode

Rs 50 per item

Printed publication

At the price fixed by such publication or at the cost of Rs 2 per page photocopy or in printed form


Second Appeals and complaints against non-disclosure of information may be filed with the Pondicherry Information Commission.

State Information Commission


Name of Commissioner



Mr. C.S. Khairwal 
State Chief Information Commissioner

Chief Secretariat, C Block, 
3rd Floor,Beach Road, 
Off: 0413-2233327; 
Email: cs@pon.nic.in


Newsupdates, Activities & Advocacy

  • The State Information Commission of Puducherry Abolished 
    In the wake of directions from the Ministry of Home Affairs, The State Information Commission (SIC) in Puducherry, headed by Mr. C. S. Khairwal,was abolished on 31 July, 2007 by the orders of the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. Under the RTI Act the Union Territories cannot have a State Information Commission. Therefore the formation of the Commission and the appointment of the State Chief Information Commissioner was outside the ambit of powers of the Puducherry Government. The abolition of the SCIC will not affect the legality of the orders passed and the decisions taken with appeals and petitions pending before it being transferred to the Central Information Commission in New Delhi. The Ministry may allow the Puducherry Government to open a sub-office and post an officer in-charge to enable citizens to file appeals.

Resources & Articles



  • CHRI (2005) Forwarding Information Requests and Appeals: A Step by Step Guide for Assistant Public Information Officers under the Right to Information Act 2005, prepared by Mr Venkatesh Nayak.
  • CHRI (2005) Processing Information Requests: A Step by Step Guide for Assistant Public Information Officers under the Right to Information Act 2005, prepared by Mr Venkatesh Nayak.