Thursday, December 02, 2010

Don't reject RTI applications without prescribed fees: Govt

The government has asked all the ministries and departments not to reject the RTI applications which are without the prescribed application fee of Rs 10. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has asked all Central government ministries to treat such applications "sympathetically", sources said. Sources said that officials have been asked to take a sympathetic view and see if the applicant is needy by enquiring about the person, and then waive the Rs 10 application fee. However, a final decision by the concerned public information officer (PIO) will be binding. The government has also asked all the departments to use the RTI logo make the concept popular and earmark and identify PIOs and CPIOs appointed to answer the RTI applicants, sources said.

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