Indians, starting tomorrow, will be able to file RTI applications related to all central government ministries as well as departments online, it has been revealed.
The portal www.rtionline.gov.in will be officially inaugurated tomorrow at an event in New Delhi by V Narayanasamy, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. The pilot for the project was started back in April as a step towards achieving greater transparency in government operations.
Under the pilot, RTI application could only be filed for Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) following which the option was rolled out in a phased manner to 37 central government ministries and departments. With the portal now live users can file applications for all ministries and department of GoI including The President and Vice President’s Office, Ministry of Home Affairs, External Affairs Ministry and Union Public Service Commission.
“This facility would be extended to all the Ministries or Departments of Government of India with effect from August 21, 2013,” said an official of DoPT.
Those filing RTI application will be charged a nominal fee of ₹10 and the payments can be made through net banking option available for SBI and its associated banks. Applicants will also have the option of using credit and debit cards for payments.
Applicants would need to ensure that they confine their application to just 500 words only. However, those who have more to write in their application can do so by uploading an attachment noted the official of DoPT.