To whom should the application fee be paid?
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The Government of India's "Guide to the Right to Information Act 2005" states that the applicant should send an application fee to the Public Information Officer, which can be paid "through a demand draft or a banker’s cheque or an Indian Postal Order payable to the Accounts Officer of the public authority".
I am seeking some help in regard to the above statement of the Government of India’s Guidebook.
I wish to submit four RTI queries to Mr. P. Mangalachandran, Assistant Public Information Officer, (Pension, Provident Fund and Gratuity), State Bank of India, regarding the release of my deceased father's pension dues. In the light of the above statement of the Govt. of India’s guidebook, what I understand is that the cheque be in favour of "Accounts Officer, Office of the Assistant Public Information Officer, Pension, Provident Fund and Gratuity, State Bank of India"
I called up Mr. Mangalachandran to confirm, but was directed to a voice box, but the voice box was full and so I could not leave a message. I sent Mr. Mangalachandran an e-mail yesterday, but so far, no response.
I tried another way. I downloaded a document from the internet, concerning the Right to Information Provisions of the State Bank of India. It is stated there that to file an RTI, for each query, an amount of Rs. 10 is to be deposited in the "P and T" account of any branch of the State Bank of India. Yesterday, I went to the State Bank of India, Mehrauli Road, Gurgaon. I tried to deposit the money in their "P and T" account, but nobody there had heard about such an account.