It's a very good thing that despite of being a scientist, you have words of law in your vocals.But at the same time, your response to the case,so attached previously,is a bit quick in my opinion. Probably,you should have dig the matter up,make some search on your part, a quotient highly desirable with such qualification.
Anyway,let me try to clear your doubt going along with your text,reproduced in the original form for the sake of convenience and readability.
1.As stated in the Act, did the Railways advise the seeker of information, how the cost of Rs.1000/- per page was arrived at?
Further the Act also says that the charges should be reasonable.
How did the Railway Board or any other authority compute the figure of Rs.1000/- per page?
Even more surprising is how did the Central Information Commission justified the reply of Railways?
Reply- Please study the content of the attached file(below).I am sure,everything will fall in place.
2.And come back here, if the Railways say the information is time barred. I shall advise how to proceed further, in such an event.
Reply- I think you have missed the content of section (4) of RTI act 2005.Let me reproduce some part of the same.
4. Obligations of public authorities. —(/) Every public authority shall—
maintain all its records duly catalogued and indexed in a manner and the form which facilitates the right to information under this Act and ensure that all records that are appropriate to be computerised are, within a reasonable time and subject to availability of resources, computerised and connected through a network all over the country on different systems so that access to such records is facilitated;
My Inference of the Obligation within the meaning of above text- Railway is not obliged to keep the data for unlimited time,it has fixed the time limit i.e. for six month back from the current date.
© Availability of resources(See the red text) - Resources available for which reasonable effort being made towards making it available,being the subject of availability,is said to become available,within the meaning of availability of resources.
Reasoning behind this time bound
It would not be difficult for you to understand that for such a large organization, the cost of keeping information is very huge and also there is a limitation in terms of resources needed to store amd maintain such a mammoth pile of dynamic data(Storage devices,Server Capacity,Load balancing(Distributed data organization),physical security,Wear and tear problems,and so on).
3.Further in the case cited tha applicant sent his revised application on 11-02-2012. He did not receive any reply within 30 days and he appealed to the higher authority. As he was not given the information within 30 days, he should have been given the information free of cost.
Reply-You have half read the case and also misunderstood the same in view of RTI Act 2005. Kindly go through them once again with open mind. I am sure, you will be able to understand what the act is actually saying. Still,unfortunately,if you are not able to understand, please make me aware of the same. I will try once again.
Hope that clarify your doubts a bit if not completely