Online filing of RTI applications extended to 5 ministries from June 3
From the June 3, 2013, the facility of e-filing of RTI applications will be extended to nearly half a dozen departments including road transport and highways ministry. The department of personnel and training (DoPT) has planned to gradually implement this scheme of e-filing to all the ministries and departments in a phased manner. The DoPT has trained the officials to facilitate easy processing of the RTI applications filed by the citizens. Readers may refer to the article : RTI web portal launched - Citizens can file RTI applications online http://www.rtifoundationofindia.com/rti-web-portal-launched-citizens-can-file-rti-appl-3393
The citizens shall have an option to make a payment through web based gateway. While the RTI applications and first appeals can be filed online, the payment can be made through internet banking of SBI and its associate banks and debit/ credit cards of Master/ Visa. Please refer to the article: Electronic Indian Postal Order (eIPO) launched for Indians living abroad Link - http://www.rtifoundationofindia.com/electronic-indian-postal-order-eipo-launched-india-3478
This facility is limited to a few ministries/ departments of Central government located in the Delhi. Currently, the Ministry of Home Affairs, departments of agriculture, animal husbandry, dairy and fishery, consumer affairs, food and public distribution are online.
The citizens can track the status of the RTI application and can also get online reply from the ministries/ departments. The DoPT has been receiving numerous applications relating to the Delhi government and also of central ministries to whom this facility has not been extended. The portal - http://rtionline.gov.in/ mentions that such applications should not be filed for other public authorities under Central/ state governments. RTI activist have welcomed the move and have demanded that all the public authorities should be covered under the scheme not only in Delhi but also all over the country.