Officials to face action for refusing postal orders as RTI fee

Government has decided to impose a penalty on officials who do not accept postal orders as fees for getting information under the Right to Information Act.

Last Updated: May 03, 2011, 14:44 PM IST

New Delhi: Government has decided to
impose a penalty on officials who do not accept postal orders
as fees for getting information under the Right to Information
Act.

The Department of Personnel and Training has issued a
circular in this regard.

"It has been brought to the notice of this Department
that some public authorities do not accept fees through the
Indian Postal Orders.

"Refusal to accept fees through the IPO may be treated
as refusal to accept the application. It may result into
imposition of penalty by the Central Information Commission on
the concerned Central Public Information Officer," the
circular issued to all ministries or departments under the
Government of India said.

"All the public authorities should, therefore, ensure
that payment of fees by IPO is not denied," it said.

Any citizen can seek information from government run
departments by exercising his Right to Information by making a
payment of a fee of Rs 10 by cash or demand draft or banker`s
cheque or postal orders, it said.

PTI