India Expands Scope of Online Request Portal

27 August 2013

India on Aug. 21 made possible the online filing of right to information requests in applications in all central ministries and departments.

Previously the portal was available only for 40 ministries, departments and commissions. The government launched the portal earlier this year.

“The portal will now be open to entertain questions under the RTI Act for all the remaining ministries from August 21. The entire website is prepared in such a way that the system would provide online reply to all RTI applications,” said an official.

The Department of Personnel and Training 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 RTI Act mandates response within 30 days). An information-seeker has to pay a fee of Rs 10.

The DoPT said the prescribed column for requests on the website is limited to 500 words, but that a longer application can be uploaded as an attachment.

See articles in the Times of India and NDTV.

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