Filing an RTI has been made easy with the introduction of the RTI on-line portal (www.rtionline.gov.in) for all ministries and departments of Union government. Now, first appeals will be a quick electronic process without requiring expenses on postal-charges apart from several other notable features.
However this facility can only be used by a selected few, having facility to use credit/debit cards. Real remedy lies in extending the facility of receipt of RTI petitions without spending on postal-expenses for all ministries, departments and other public-authorities coming under the jurisdiction of Central Information Commission to all post-offices of the country.
While presently, it is only available in just about 5000 post-offices. This is practically not difficult because every post-office in the country, however small it may be, is attached to a bigger post-office where postal-bags with registered postal-articles, cash, unsold postal-stamps and postal-orders are sent daily. RTI petitions received by small post-offices can also be sent in this bag.
Considering lots of problems in payment of RTI fees and copying charges through postal-orders and high operational cost in handling postal-orders, attractive RTI stamps on the lines of revenue stamps should be issued in different denominations as convenient and economical mode of payment of RTI fees and copying charges.
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