Project Name: Government Initiatives to Set up RTI Filing Centres at Post Offices
Initiated by: Postal Dept. of India
Indian citizens living in abroad have been facing the issue of fee payment of filing RTI application from quite a long-time. In 2008, RTI activist and ex-serviceman Commodore Lokesh Batra initiated a campaign to streamline the RTI fee payment process.
Looking at the issue, the Postal Department of India has launched an internet-based RTI solution specifically for Indians living in abroad for submission of their RTI applications. For this service, the Reserve Bank of India has given its nod to the department. The department uses its user-friendly e-commerce portal that has its own payment gateway to file the applicant form.
The applicant needs to login to the website and go to RTI counter to the portal to file the RTI application. For the first time applicant, registration is mandatory. After filing up the RTI application, and uploading of passport copy is mandatory, and then applicant would be directed for payment of RTI fees through electronic postal order. These postal orders would be generated in a special order, so that they could be easily captured as per application form. It would then be assigned to the public information officer (PIO) of the department chosen by the applicant.