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The RTI battle of the NRIs

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Reported by Daniel P george in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on August 20, 2013

Government introduces electronic postal order to help NRIs seek information under RTI Act - The Times of India

 

Government introduces electronic postal order to help NRIs seek information under RTI Act

CHENNAI: The government has introduced an electronic postal order to help non-resident Indians seek information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

 

Diplomatic sources at the Indian embassy in Riyadh told TOI over telephone on Monday that the department of personnel and department of posts had recently launched a service called e-IPO (Electronic Indian Postal Order) to allow the NRIs to purchase an Indian postal order electronically by paying the fee online at http://www.epostoffice.gov.in.

 

"This facility has been provided for Indian citizens abroad to enable them to purchase a postal order electronically to seek information under the RTI Act, 2005," sources said.

 

The user needs to register at the website. He or she must select the ministry or department from where he or she desires to seek the information under the RTI Act. The e-IPO so generated can be used to seek information from that ministry or department only.

 

A printout of the e-IPO is required to be attached with the RTI application. If the RTI application is being filed electronically, the e-IPO should be attached.

 

There are more than 2.8 million Indians living in Saudi Arabia. It is the largest expatriate community in the Kingdom. Nearly two million of the estimated six million Indians holding skilled and unskilled jobs in the Gulf are from Kerala.

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Sajib Nandi

Reported by Daniel P George in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Aug 22, 2013

​Govt simplifies RTI application procedure for NRIs - The Times of India

 

CHENNAI: Acknowledging interest of non-resident Indians (NRIs) in knowing the happenings in the country, the government has introduced an electronic postal order which will help them seek information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

 

Diplomatic sources at the Indian embassy in Riyadh told TOI over telephone that the department of personnel and department of posts had recently launched a service called e-IPO (electronic Indian postal order) to help the NRIs purchase an Indian postal order electronically by paying the fee online at http://www.epostoffice.gov.in.

 

"This facility has been provided for Indian citizens abroad to enable them to purchase a postal order electronically to seek information under the RTI Act, 2005," the sources said.

 

A user needs to register at the website to make use of the facility. He or she must select the ministry or department from where he or she desires to seek the information under the RTI Act. The e-IPO so generated can be used to seek information from that ministry or department only.

 

A printout of the e-IPO is required to be attached with the RTI application. If the RTI application is being filed electronically, the e-IPO should be attached.

 

Many NRIs sounded upbeat about the development. Jayanth Kumar Nair, a human resources professional employed at a German construction major in Abu Dhabi, said: "It is a welcome move by the government. I am sure the number of applications from the Gulf would see a surge. Though we are far away from home, we need to find out what is happening and how is it going to affect our lives."

 

"It has come at the right time, and I am proud of the fact that we non-resident Indians can now know of our rights and look into issues concerning our relatives in India through the RTI. The introduction of the electronic postal order will go a long way in easing the woes of people who have left India to make a living abroad,'' said Randolph Christopher, who works at a private bank in Dubai.

 

Irfan Mohamed, employed at media house in Riyadh, said, "I am sure a large number of Indians would welcome this move and this has given us an extra boost to know the happenings and issues back home through the RTI and the introduction of the electronic postal order is going to be a boon for many.''

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Reported by Newstrackindia.com on 30 Sep 2013

Electronic Indian Postal Order facility for RTI formalized

 

New Delhi, Sept 30 (ANI): RTI activist Commodore (Retired) Lokesh K. Batra said the extended Electronic Indian Postal Order (e-IPO) facility has got formalized on Monday with issue of memo by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

 

Earlier on September 27, Dept of Posts (DOP) had released the names of 176 Indian, Missions as an extension to e-IPO facility.

 

Batra said that this is another step forward towards establishing a transparent regime.

 

In his letter the Secretaries of Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), he proposed the launching of extended e-IPO facility to be made functional before Gandhi Jayanti on October 2.

 

"We like to express our gratitude to you all for not only accepting the proposal but also making it happen in record time. For this to happen, concerned officials of each Ministry/Department and NIC (DOP) deserve kudos for a well coordinated effort," he said.

 

He further said that with addition of above 176 Public Authorities, eIPO facility will cover about 2,530 Public Authorities in India and abroad under Central Ministries, Departments, UTs and NCT Delhi, and added that this is a huge achievement of our Government.

 

Commodore (Retd) Batra also pressed for e-IPO awareness campaign and said that though e-IPO facility was launched on 22 March 2013, except for media stories, there was little awareness among Indian citizens abroad and including Indian Missions.

 

"An awareness campaign for e-IPO facility was launched on 5 July 2013 starting with my letter to Hon'ble Minister (MOIA) and later to MEA. Both Ministries provide complete support to the idea and issued advisories to the Heads of all Indian Missions on 23 July (MOIA) and 02 August (MEA) respectively," he wrote in his letter.

 

"I humbly propose to the Secretary (P) to consider extending the existing e-IPO facility that covers about 2530 Public Authorities in India and abroad for our Citizens living in India also," he added.(ANI)

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