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This page is a guide on how to use the Right To Information act to find out more about the blanket block against the URLs:

What is the RTI Act Edit

The Right to Information Act was enacted by Parliament in 2005. It mandates timely response to citizen requests for government information. Any ordinary citizen, regardless of nationality can file a Right To Information application and the Government of India is compelled to respond.

You can find more information here:

&, a complete Online Portal for Right to information India.

How to file an RTI Application Edit

The process is simple.

Step 1 Edit

Take a piece of paper, address it to the concerned Public Information Officer (PIO). In this case, it is probably the PIO, Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications. His address is:

 Sr. Suprintendent,
 Directorate of Social Welfare,
 Govt. of N.C.T., Delhi Gate.

Step 2 Edit

Draft a simple letter, for example, with the subject reading like this:

SUB: Request to Information Regarding my due promotion.
and a body asking the following (feel free to add anything more):
I would like to use the Right To Information Act to ascertain the following:

Note: Under the RTI Act, 2005, You are not compelled to give a reason for your application. So you can only include the questions if you like.

Step 3 Edit

Include your name and your full postal address at the end of the letter. This is extremely vital so that the PIO can respond to your request. The information will be sent to you via post.

Step 4 Edit

Go to your nearest post office. A list of post offices accepting RTI applications is given here:

Step 5 Edit

Submit your application and pay Rs.10 at one of the eligible Post Offices and ensure that you get your receipt. This is once again vital as proof of your application. Make copies of your application for your future reference.

Step 6 Edit

Come home, and wait for the response. Allow 5 days for the Post Office to deliver the application to the PIO concerned, and 30 days after that for the PIO to respond to you. So in a total of 35 days, the PIO MUST RESPOND.

Sample Application Letter Edit


Shri B.B.Bahl
Joint Director and PIO (RTI)
Office of PIO (RTI)
Room No 1016, Electronics Niketan
Department of Information Technology (DIT)
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
6, CGO Complex, New Delhi
Date: <Enter Date Here>
Sub: Information regarding the blocking of internet website domains

Dear Sir,
It has come to my attention that I, along with several other internet users across the country, have been unable to access the following websites:
As well as the following sub-domains:
On asking the relevant ISPs, their users were told that these websites have been blocked under a directive of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India.
I would like to use the Right To Information Act to ascertain the following:
  1. Has there been any such directive issued by the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology?
  2. If so, why has this ban come into force?
  3. Why have these particular domain names been specifically banned?
  4. When will this ban cease to exist?
  5. If no such directive has been issued, why are these websites being blocked?
  6. Who is responsible for ensuring that Indian citizens have the freedom to access these websites?
  7. What form of redressal does an Indian citizen have to ensure that these websites are no longer blocked?
  8. If there has been a directive from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, and considering the fact the most of the websites blocked do not contain pornography, speeches of hate, contempt, slander or defamation, or promote gambling, racism, violence or terrorism, is the ministry of communications and Information technology violating the articles 14, 19, and 21 of the constitution of India?
  9. Please provide a photocopy of all the documents relating to the questions above, including but not limited to:
    1. The directive issued by the concerned Ministry to Internet Service Providers
    2. The list of all the specific domain names that have been blocked
    3. The act under which the Government of India is empowered to block domain names in India.
I must emphasize here that these websites, are used by thousands of ordinary Indian citizens to express their views, thoughts and ideas. Indian Citizens have the right to express their views freely, and have an unhindered exchange of thoughts and ideas.
Blocking these websites universally and not allowing Indian Citizens to read any of them is tantamount to hindering the freedom of expression of those thousands of ordinary Indian citizens.
I request you to kindly look into this matter. Thank you in advance for your co-operation.
Yours Sincerely,

<Name Here>

<Address Here>

Filed RTI Applications Edit

Source: Word Document. You can download it, add your name and address at the end, print it and send it using the steps detailed above.