RTI application can be filed using e-postal orders by Indians living abroad

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Through an electronic service initiated by the Indian government, foreign-based Indians can now exercise their RTI (Right to Information).

According to an order issued by Ministry of Personnel, a service to facilitate Electronic Indian Postal (eIPO) for the payment of fee to receive information under the law of transparency, has been spread to all Indian Missions.

The decision came after the government felt that Indian citizens living out of the country are facing difficulties in fees payment for the access of information from Indian Posts or Missions abroad due to the non-availability of the e-IPO facility.

The order said that to help obtain the information under the RTI Act, 2005 by the foreign based Indian citizens from Indian Posts or Missions under Ministry of External Affairs, the facility of e-IPO is expanded to 176 Indian Posts or Missions.

After the payment through credit or debit cards, the eIPOs can be purchased.

Users need to go for a one-time online registration at the websites — www.indiapost.gov.in or www.epostoffice.gov.in — and complete required formalities after which, the eIPOs can be generated.

It said that if the RTI application is being filed electronically, e-IPO needs to be sent as an attachment. The facility is for electronically buying an Indian Postal Order only.

The Ministry said that all the necessary requirements for an RTI application filing as well as other provisions regarding exemptions, time limit, eligibility etc., as provided in the RTI Act, 2005 will carry on.

On 22nd March, the facility of eIPO was first launched. Retd. Commodore Lokesh K Batra, who tried hard for the facility to start for foreign-based Indians said that it is a notable step towards transparency regime.

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