Contact details of officers for addressing applications under the Right to Information Act, 2005:
Appellate Authority :
Mrs. Nagma M. Mallick
High Commissioner of India
Public Information Officer (PIO) :
Mr. Amir Chand
Information provided under the Act is available to citizens of India only. Applications should be submitted along with document proof of Indian Citizenship (like copy of personal particulars pages of current valid Indian passport).
Applications seeking information under the Act may be sent along with the prescribed fee in Brunei Dollar, equivalent to Indian Rs. 10/- [The official Brunei Dollar conversion rate for the prevailing month may be used.]
It may also be pointed out that as per Section 6(1(a) of the RTI Act, 2005, a person who desires to obtain information under the Act is required to submit the application to the Information Officer of the "concerned public authority". Applicants are, therefore, advised to send their requests under the RTI Act to the High Commission only when the subject matter can reasonably be presumed to pertain to the High Commission. Where the information required obviously does not pertain to the High Commission, the application may be addressed to the concerned PIO directly. While section 6(3) of the RTI Act, 2005 provides for the transfer of an application by a receiving PIO to another [concerned] PIO, this is clearly meant to cover situations where the application is addressed to a PIO on the assumption that it has been directed to the correct PIO, in the first instance.
The Government of India (Department of Post) has launched the e-IPO (Electronic Indian Postal Order) service to facilitate purchase of Indian Postal order electronically for paying RTI fee/cost of information on-line through e-Post Office Portal (https:/www.epostoffice.gov.in) of the Department of Posts. The detailed instructions for using the e-IPO service for payment of RTI fee on-line are contained in DOP & T™s OM No. 1/44/2009-IR dated March 22, 2013. (Please click here to get the details. The facility of e-ipo has been extended to 176 Indian Missions/Posts abroad also vide Department of Personnel & Training OM NO 1/44/2009-IR dated October 7, 2013 (please click here to see the OM). Department of Posts has extended the eIPO service to Indian citizens residing in India also w.e.f. February 13, 2014 vide OM No. 1/44/2009-IR dated 13th February 2014 (Please click here to see the OM). The RTI applicants may, therefore, pay the RTI fee/cost of information, also on-line using the said e-IPO service, for seeking information from Ministries/Departments in India as well as from Indian Missions abroad.
e-IPO for payment of fees under the RTI Act
As per RTI Rules 2012, the Government of India has launched a service called “e-IPO”; Electronic Indian Postal Order. e-IPO can be purchased electronically by Indian nationals living abroad online through e-Post Office portal. The portal can be assessed through the following websites:
Debit and credit cards can be used to purchase e-IPO.
The user needs to get him/her-self registered at the website. He/She 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 the Ministry/Department only. A print-out of the e-IPO is required to be attached with the RTI applications.