Centre nudges states to accept e-IPOs for RTI

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The Centre has mooted a proposal to state governments to start the facility of electronic postal order, or e-IPOs, for applications seeking information from public authorities.

Until now, this facility has been extended to those residing outside the country or those filing a Right To Information (RTI) query related to a central government department.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), nodal ministry for RTI matters, has written to state governments to explore the option of providing e-IPO facility to citizens to pay the fee of their RTI application.

“Department of posts has now proposed that the feasibility of extending this facility to the state government(s) also, where e-IPO is one of the modes of payment of RTI application fee, may be explored,” the DoPT wrote to all the Chief Secretaries of states recently.

The e-IPO facilitates RTI applicants seeking information from Central Public Information Officers (CPIOs) under the RTI Act, 2005. Debit or Credit Cards of any bank powered by Visa or Master can be used to purchase e-IPO. This facility is only for purchasing an Indian Postal Order (IPO) electronically. An e-IPO so generated must be used only once with an RTI application.

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