Activist Slams Postal Department over RTI Stamps

\"rti\"The postal department’s idea of allowing ordinary postage stamps of definitive series towards payment of Right to Information (RTI) fees had to be rejected outright requiring amendment to the RTI Act, said RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal.

Mr. Agrawal revealed how the postal department could not issue RTI stamps due to shortage of paper in two printing presses at Hyderabad and Nashik and as such came out with an idea of allowing ordinary postage stamps of definitive series towards payment of RTI fees, which was struck down as impractical.

He recalled the postal department earlier accepting full bench Central Information Commission (CIC) verdict in August 2013, recommending issue of RTI stamps as mode of payment of RTI fees and accepting RTI petitions addressed to central public authorities at 25464 post offices rather than present 4710 post offices without postal charges.

\”CIC had for such reasons recommended issue of exclusive RTI stamps on lines of erstwhile stamps issued by postal department in respect of licence fees for radio and TV sets. Postal department has also backed out on its earlier commitment to accept RTI petitions addressed to central public authorities allegedly because of lack of infrastructural facilities,\” Mr. Agrawal said on Monday.(Source-The Hindu)

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2 Responses to Activist Slams Postal Department over RTI Stamps

  1. Ullas Jain says:

    This is a technical issue.RTI Act can be ammended to make the mode of payment simpler . Right now we see that most people use IPO for payment . Often these IPO are returned on the basis that the favoring is not correct.This leads to delay In obtaining the desired information.
    As the postal department is short of paper hence separate RTI stamps can’t be issued.The suggestion of India Post pertaining to use of definitive stamps should be endorsed.
    One shall have to affix the stamps on RTI application and got it cancelled by the postoffice just as we used CRF stamps.
    If stamps are used for payment then no CPIO can return the application on the basis of inappropriate favoring.
    Needful should be done for ammendment of RTI Act.

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