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Govt officials harassing users of RTI act
Despite Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) having issued repeated circulars including one numbering F.10/9/2008-IR dated 05.12.2008, many public-authorities are returning postal-orders.
DESPITE DEPARTMENT of Personnel & Training (DoPT) having issued repeated circulars including one numbering F.10/9/2008-IR dated 05.12.2008, many public-authorities are returning postal-orders endorsed in name of “Accounts Officer”. Recently SO (Enf) Babu Singh at New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) returned the original RTI petition together with the postal-order also because it was required to be endorsed in name of “Secretary NDMC”.

While most public-authorities accept blank-left postal-orders for payee’s name to be filled by themselves as per their requirement, some public-authorities deliberately harass RTI applicants by returning such postal-orders, not immediately on receipt, but on last 30th day of responding by revealing blank-left postal-orders are not acceptable, like was done by Puneet Kulshreshtha PIO (IMFL) from Department of Excise, Entertainment & Luxury Tax (Delhi Government), mentioning that date of RTI petition would be considered on receipt of properly endorsed postal-order.

Only remedy is that Department of Posts may be directed to immediately issue special free-of-commission RTI postal-orders of rupees ten payable at par at all post-offices in India with “Accounts Officer” printed as payee’s name. In the meanwhile, blank-left postal-orders for payee’s name may be acceptable by all public-authorities.



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