Now file RTI application online !

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  1. nrj

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    NEW DELHI: The government will soon launch an e-portal where an applicant would be able to file RTI application online and pay the Rs 10 fee too. The department of personnel and training (DoPT), the nodal agency for RTI Act implementation, will launch e-portal, rtionline. gov.in, by the first week of April. The project has been initiated with the help of NIC and SBI. An applicant would have to do a one-time registration on the e-portal and obtain an 'userid' and 'password'.

    An applicant can file his application even without registering. The fee of Rs 10, now paid at the accounts office of a ministry or through postal order, would be paid through a debit or credit card. According to a source, DoPT is treading very carefully with the e-portal project and plans to launch it first for the department and then later extend it to all 83 central ministries and departments based in New Delhi. A senior official of DoPT told ET, "the current system generates a lot of paperwork. Then add to this misplaced letters and maintaining physical files of all applications and their status. Though the present system is working fine, the electronic system would help the government in reducing the cost of providing information. We will first launch this portal for DoPT applications. After we are successful and the system is settled, we will extend it to other ministries and gradually to all central public authorities."

    In six months time, applicants would be able to receive replies to applications online. "The success of e-portal depends on how the central public authorities react to the new system. Not all public authorities would want to give up the old filing system in favour of the hi-tech system. But our aim is that by the end of this year, the applicants should be able to receive information under RTI electronically," the official said.

    The e-portal project is likely to be announced later this month with yet another landmark initiative of an electronic postal order for Indians living abroad. DoPT, along with the Department of Posts, has framed an electronic postal order so that Indians living abroad can file RTI applications. Indians living abroad had been finding it difficult to use RTI Act effectively as the government had not made specific rules to pay the mandatory fee of Rs 10 in foreign currency through Indian embassies and high commissions.

    Applicants were largely depending on friends in India to pay the RTI fee. Department of Posts had proposed a user-friendly way to generate a postal order of Rs 10 for customers through its own payment gateway on the portal. The applicant would login to the website. Registration would be mandatory for first time applicant.

    The process would capture basic information about the applicant. The applicant would file RTI application in the format provided on the portal and upload his passport copy. After this, the applicant would buy an electronic postal order for paying RTI fee. The postal order will be generated from a special series and would be captured by the application. It would then be assigned to the public information officer of the department chosen by the applicant.

    Online RTI at rtionline.gov.in from first week of April - Economic Times
     
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    RTI is very powerful tool if you know how to use it.............:thumb:
     
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    Our query is still unanswered
     
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    yeah that is the only RTI i never get reply to :frusty:

    Jurisdictional issue is also stupid.
     
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    It's over year and half now!!
     
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    What is the query? :heh: Is it acceptable to PM me?
     
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    how to get into defence business they didnt respond..........
     
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    Lol. We have to catch the pretenders :D
     
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    Online RTI facility to be extended to all central ministries within a month

    NEW DELHI: Indian citizens will now be able to seek information from all central ministries by filing their RTI applications Online.

    The government has launched an exclusive portal - https://rtionline.gov.in- for this purpose, initiating this facility currently only for the questions asked from the ministry of personnel. All other central ministries will be covered under it within a month.

    "This portal, developed by NIC, is a facility for Indian citizens to online file RTI applications and first appeals and also to make online payment of RTI fees", said a note issued by the department of personnel and training (DoPT).

    It said, "The prescribed fees can be paid through Internet banking of State Bank of India and its associate banks as well as by credit or debit cards of Visa or Master, through the payment gateway of SBI linked to this site".

    The entire website is prepared in such a way that the system would provide online reply to all RTI applications. This facility is, however, presently not proposed to be extended for field offices or subordinate offices.

    The Right to Information Act, which was enacted in 2005, mandates timely response (within 30 days) to citizens' requests for government information. Information seeker has to pay a fee of Rs 10 for getting information.

    "Arrangements have been made to provide training to the RTI nodal officers, RTI Cell officials and the NIC or information technology personnel attached with the ministries and departments within the next two to three weeks", said the DoPT.

    Giving details of the guidelines for information seeker, the department said that the text of the application that can be uploaded at the prescribed column (on the website) was, at present, limited to 500 words only. "In case, an application contains more than 500 words, then it can be uploaded as an attachment", it said.

    In case additional fee is required, covering the cost for providing information, the CPIO will intimate the applicant about the same through the portal. The first appeals filed through the website will also reach electronically to the 'Nodal Officer' of the DoPT who would transmit the appeals to the concerned First Appellate Authority (FAA).

    Online RTI facility to be extended to all central ministries within a month - The Times of India
     

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