Tiruchirapalli: RTI applicants will no longer have to wait to get their applications processed as the Department of Posts is all set to bring out an RTI stamp for sale soon and also set up special counters, according to a senior officer.
"Under orders of the Central Information Commission, the department will issue RTI stamps in the denomination of Rs 10. We will also introduce special counters to accept applications in all 1.5 lakh post offices across the country," the officer speaking on condition of anonymity, told a news agency.
Visitors will no longer have to wait at post offices or face problems in depositing RTI fees, photocopying charges as the CIC directions will be enforced, he said.
He said CIC had also asked central government departments to instruct all Information Officers to accept postal orders, Demand Drafts and banker`s cheques payable to accounts officers and not reject applications on `flimsy grounds` like every department incurs Rs 22 towards bank charges and commission to encash postal orders worth Rs 10.
He said post offices are gearing up to impart adequate training to staff for processing the applications.
Chief Information Commissioner Satyanandan Mishra had issued a series of directions on receipt of a complaint by an information seeker. After deliberating the pros and cons, suitable orders have been issued to the postal services, he said.