RTI – It Works !

Once again this post comes after a long gap. Was busy with exams, projects and a whole lot of other things. But writing this post is making me feel happy already !

Well, If you refer to my previous posts posted under the Passport Application header. You will come across this post where I talked about filing a RTI application to get the status of my passport. For all those who are not aware of, a RTI appeal must be answered within 30 days of receipt by the department.

Today I got a speed-post with the national emblem printed on it along with the address of the sender ie. Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. It was nice to see the word “Shri” written instead of Mr. for a change. Well as this was received by the division on 4th September, 2013 and today being 18th September, the reply came well within the 30 days period, this is quick ! Below you can see the scan copy of the letter received.

RTI Reply by the MEA. Atulmaharaj
RTI Reply by the MEA. Atulmaharaj

Also, this informs me that the process has actually begun now. As the RTI was filed at the MEA, it needs to be sent to the RPO. That is what the MEA informs me in this letter. So according to what I think, I guess the RPO will again get 30 days to send a reply to me.

So this reply was quick, lets hope the future replies are quick too ! Seeing the letter made me feel really good as I was a step closer to be a RTI Activist ! 😉

About Atulmaharaj

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  1. hey there…how exactly should I ask about the status of my passport in the RTI query? I mean i don’t want them replying with “Passport application under review at RPO”

    Did you apply under Tatkaal? Is the RTI query to be addressed to the RPO and not to the MEA?
    Can we do this online now?

    • Hey,
      I wrote an application to the Chief PIO, Ministry is External Affairs, Delhi as I was in aware of whom to address it to at my RPO. I had the same issue as Urs. The only reply I got from CPIO was that my document was forwarded to the RPO. And according to the RTI Act, the reply should come in 30 days…

      I’m afraid RTI is not online as of now. You need to submit a hard copy via speedpost along with a DD/PO of 10 rupees…

      Hope that helps…do let me know if any help required.

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