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Submission of RTI Application and Payment Procedure

Public Information Officer

Mr. Kapil Raj
Second Secretary
Embassy of India
PO Box: 4090, Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 2 4494976
Fax: +971 2 4447768/4444685
Email: edu.abudhabi@mea.gov.in

Appellate Authority

Mr. Dinesh Kumar
First Secretary (Community Affairs)
Embassy of India
PO Box: 4090, Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 2 4447763
Fax: +971 2 444685
Email: help.abudhabi@mea.gov.in

A. Application Pertaining to the Embassy

As per section 6 (1) (a) of the RTI Act, 2005, a person who desires to obtain information under the Act is required to submit the application to the Information Officer of the “concerned public authority”. Applicants are, therefore, advised to send their requests under the RTI Act to the Embassy only when the subject matter can reasonably be presumed to pertain to the Embassy. While section 6(3) provides for the transfer of an application by a receiving PIO to another [concerned] PIO, this is clearly meant to cover situations where the application is addressed to a PIO on the assumption that it has been directed to the concerned PIO. Where the information required obviously does not pertain to the Embassy, the application may be addressed to the concerned PIO directly.

Information provided under the Act is available to citizens of India only. Applications should be submitted along with documentary proof of Indian Citizenship (like copy of personal particulars pages of passport.). More information is available at http://rti.gov.in/. The mailing address is: Embassy of India, P.O. Box No. 4090, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Applications seeking information under the Act may be sent along with the prescribed fee in UAE Dirhams, equivalent to Indian Rupees Ten (10) in cheque or demand draft favouring Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi. [The official Rupee-UAE Dirham conversion rate for the current month September 2013 is 1Rs = 0.0586 UAE Dirhams]

B. Applications Pertaining to the GOI Ministries/Departments

Procedures

The RTI applicant is required to register on the website to create his/ her profile. Then he has to select the Ministry/ Department from whom he desires to seek information under the RTI Act. The eIPO is generated which can be used to seek information from that Ministry/ Department only. A printout of the eIPO is required to be attached with the RTI application sent in hard copy. In case RTI application is filed electronically, the eIPO is enclosed as an attachment. The profile is required to be created during the first time only.

The RTI application accompanied by an eIPO is similar in all respects to the RTI application accompanied by fees through any other approved mode. All the provisions regarding eligibility, time limit, exemptions etc; as provided in the RTI Act, 2005 continue to apply.

Currently, this facility is available only for Indian Citizens living anywhere other than in India. By this measure, those living abroad would be facilitated to seek information under the RTI Act, 2005. It is hoped that in future, this facility would be extended to all citizens within the country too. Any public authority which accepts a postal order should also accept an eIPO.

Payment of RTI fee online – Electronic Indian Postal Order (eIPO)

The scheme of Electronic Indian Postal Order (eIPO) has been launched by the Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, in association with Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). This would enable the Indian citizens abroad to pay the RTI fee online.

An Indian Postal Order can be purchased electronically by paying a fee on-line through e-Post Office Portal or through India Post website.

The web-links for payment are:

www.indiapost.gov.in/
www.epostoffice.gov.in/

The Credit Card or Debit Card of any bank powered by Visa/ Master can be used for this purpose.



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