India May Permit Stamps to Be Used for RTI Payments

15 January 2015

The Indian Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has invited comment on the idea of letting requesters use postage stamps to pay for the costs of seeking information under the Right to Information Act.

The department which administers the act also has set up a committee to discuss the proposal. Comments are due  by Feb. 7, the Economic Times and others reported.

The Department of Posts had earlier resisted printing exclusive RTI stamps, but suggested using ordinary stamps. RTI applicants would affix the stamps on the applications, putting signatures or thumb impressions on the stamps to prevent reuse.

The Central Information Commission backed the idea in 2013.

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