When can an applicant claim the compensation?

The Information Commission has the power to require a public authority to compensate the complainant only for any loss or other detriment suffered. In other words, the compensation has to be linked to the loss or other detriment which is suffered by the complainant. The said loss or detriment must be in relation to failure to comply with the provisions of the RTI Act.

Information Commission does not have power and jurisdiction to decide and adjudicate commercial disputes and award compensation to the applicant u/s 19(8)(b) of the Act. The power to award compensation u/s 19(8)(b) of  the Act is restricted to cases of loss and detriment suffered by the complainant  for failure of a public authority to comply with the provisions of the RTI Act.