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Right to Information ACT for Indian Nationals

The Right to Information Act came into force with effect from 12th October 2005. Full text of the RTI Act can be viewed at http://righttoinformation.gov.in

Salient Features of the Right to Information Act, 2005

1. The Right of Information under the provisions of the RTI Act is available to the citizens of India only. 2. The Act extends to the whole of India except Jammu & Kashmir. 3. Fee will be payable by the applicant depending on the nature of information sought. 4. Certain categories of information have been exempted from disclosure under Sections 8 & 9 of the Act. 5. Security agencies specified in Schedule II to the Act have been exempted from the ambit of the Act subject to certain conditions.

Public Information Officer

Prathit Misra, Second Secretary (HOC): Fax No.1876-9782801/0359, Telephone No. 1876-9273114/4270

Appellate Authority

Mr. R. Masakui, High Commissioner, Email:hc.kingston@mea.gov.in, Fax No. 1876-978-2801/0359, Telephone : 1876-927-3114/4270

Full Text of the RTI Act 2005 (PDF file)

Required information under Section 4(i)(b) of the RTI Act 2005

Applications seeking information under the RTI Act, 2005 may be sent along with the prescribed fee through e-IPO* (Electronic Indian Postal Order) OR in Jamaican Dollars, equivalent to Indian Rs. 10/- in cash/cheque or demand draft favouring High Commission of India, Kingston, Jamaica. [The rate of exchange for a particular month may be ascertained from the High Commission].

*Facility of e-IPO for payment of fee under the RTI Act, 2005

The Department of Personnel and Training and Department of Posts have launched a service called e-IPO (Electronic Indian Postal Order) to enable Indian Citizens residing in India or abroad to purchase an Indian Postal Order electronically by paying fee on-line through e-Post Office Portal i.e. http://www.epostoffice.gov.in, to enable them to seek information under the RTI Act, 2005.  It can also be accessed through India Post Website, i.e. www.indiapost.gov.in.  An e-IPO so generated must be used only once with an RTI application.

The User needs to get himself registered at the website. He has to select the Ministry/Department from whom he desires to seek the information under the RTI Act and the e-IPO so generated can be used to seek information from that Ministry/Department only. A printout of the e-IPO is required to be attached with the RTI application. If the RTI application is being filed electronically, e-IPO is required to be attached as an attachment. For more details please visit the website http://www.epostoffice.gov.in.

This facility is only for purchasing an Indian Postal Order electronically. All the requirements for filing an RTI application as well as other provisions regarding eligibility, time limit, exemptions, etc. will continue to apply.