Sunday, June 13, 2010

Babus can't charge extra fee for RTI plea

In a decision that will have far-reaching consequences, prime minister Manmohan Singh has given a big relief to right to information (RTI) applicants. He has directed that no fee be charged from an applicant on account of postal expenses or deployment of manpower for supplying information. The department of personnel and training (DoPT) works under the PM. DoPT, which looks into RTI applications, has issued a directive saying a public information officer (PIO) cannot charge any extra fee for supplying information other than what has already been prescribed by law.

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