Saturday, January 02, 2010

Postal orders must be accepted for RTI application fees

Postal Orders are the most convenient and popular mode of remitting fees under ‘Right To Information’ Act while sending RTI petitions through post. But despite Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT)’s repeated warning and circulars, most public-authorities do not accept postal-orders with Payee’s names endorsed as “Accounts Officer” as directed by DoPT.

However many public-authorities accept ‘blank’ postal-orders of rupees ten towards RTI fees, and themselves fill up the Payee’s name as per their requirements. But in many cases, ‘blank’ postal-orders are returned by public-authorities.

Only remedy for a permanent solution is to issue special postal-orders in denomination of rupees ten with payee’s name printed as “Accounts Officer” for exclusive use of RTI purpose. With internet banking now in full swing, all postal-orders should be payable at par at all post-offices without any need to endorse payable post-office.

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