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RTI to Hyderabad passport office


mgopik

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How do I apply for information under RTI to Hyderabad passport office. I went personally to the office to figure out, but there was only one "public relations officer" for whom there was a long queue. We were in the queue for 2 hours, but they closed the office and left quoting lunch time.

 

Is there any way I can apply for information under RTI to hyderabad passport office by post? If so, do I need to send a cheque/draft for some amount? I have applied for passport renewal 4 months back but havent got the passport yet.

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karira

New members,

 

Passport status can be known at:

 

Indian Passport, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India

 

For list of PIO's in different passport offices in India and the CPO in New Delhi, please visit:

 

RTI

 

For those Indians staying abroad, your local Indian Embassy is also covered under the RTI Act 2005. Please contact them for information regarding PIO and Fees, etc.. US residents, please see:

 

http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/959-indian-citizens-usa-how-use-right-information.html

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mgopik,

 

Many thanks for the encouragement and especially for giving the details of how to use the Hyderabad GPO to submit your RTI application and avoid the long queues & big crowds at the RPO, Hyderabad.

 

Actually, I think by now the folks at the RPO Hyderabad (and some other RPO's too) must be tired of looking at the same RTI application again and again (must have emailed at least 150 formats to different people only in Hyderabad). Probably time to change it once again.

 

Please follow up on your RTI application till its logical conclusion.

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Yes, we are thankful for your posting of experience of the Hyderabad GPO. It will many in coming days and we would use your post for advising others.

 

Thank you!

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ps: I am yet to receive the response from passport office on the reasons for delay.

 

Please note, you can also send the First Appeal to First AA as well as the Second Appeal / Complain to CIC through the same route. i.e. CAPIO Post Office.

 

Manoj

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Got a response from passport office on 27/12/2007 for the delay in the passport. This is what they have told us:

 

"Please refer to your application on the subject cited above. Your application for grant of passport facilites received vide No E/.... on 20/02/2007. The case was referred to passport office, bhopal commissioner of police, hyderabad and bangalore on 21/02/207.

Police filed verification report from Dy. Commissioner of police, cyberabad, hyderabad, received for the period of 8 months on 10/03/2007.

Reminder was issued to passport office bhopal and commissioner of police, Bangalore on 14/03/2007

Final reminder was issued to passport office bhopal and commissioner of police, bangalore on 30/10/2007 giving time period to reply. Since no reply was received from passport office, bhopal and commissioner of police, bangalore, the passport facilities were granted presuming their no objection and the passport no G.... issued and dispatchd on 04/12/2007"

 

We are filing a first appeal today to ask the exact rules for how long they are supposed to wait in such cases (of no reply from other passport offices/police) and also provide documentary evidence for the same.

 

Also, we had applied for statistics on the average time taken for issue of passport etc for which they had not replied.

 

Comments/suggestions welcome.

 

Thanks again for a great forum, I hope to contribute my bit over time.

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mgopik,

 

File for First Appeal for:

 

1. Supply of all information which is incomplete

2. Supply of information which is not given upto now

3. Ask in your "plea" or "prayer" that the PIO should be warned to reply to ALL RTI applications in full and correctly.

 

The following decisions of the CIC will be of help to you:

http://cic.gov.in/CIC-Orders/Decision_03122007_66.pdf

(normal citizen not to be harassed for issuing passport)

http://cic.gov.in/CIC-Orders/Decision_03122007_45.pdf

(passport office mixing up issues...giving a passport and replying to RTI application...both have to be done)

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karira..

 

thanks for the links. I have already sent the appeal (by post) asking them to reply to all the unaswered questions.

 

Shall update when I get a response (/ when I file a second appeal)

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Karira,

 

None of the links that you have mentioned are working. I get an error meesage saying "Page cannot be found".

 

-RIshikesh

 

Rishikesh,

I presume that you are refering to the links on CIC decisions provided by Karira. They are working well and I am able to open them. Ensure if there is no pop up blocker in your browser; if so disable it and then open the links.

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Karira,

 

None of the links that you have mentioned are working. I get an error meesage saying "Page cannot be found".

 

-RIshikesh

 

I think you are referring to internal links to other forum threads/pages. There seems to be some problem with them. I am also getting the same 404 error.

Just do a search for "passport" and you will get all threads.

External links are working fine.

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The links have been updated. We had changed URL policy sometimes back which removed the name of the forum from the URL. I had removed the forum names from the internal links and now they are working fine.

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Our fight is still on. We got a response to our first appeal (after 30 days) that the appeal has been forwarded to New Delhi.

 

Not sure how much time it will take for them to get back. Shall update this forum when we get the details (on where the passport was stuck, why did they take 9 months, what are the exact rules etc)

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Our fight is still on. We got a response to our first appeal (after 30 days) that the appeal has been forwarded to New Delhi.

 

Not sure how much time it will take for them to get back. Shall update this forum when we get the details (on where the passport was stuck, why did they take 9 months, what are the exact rules etc)

 

 

mgopik,

 

Can you please clarify:

 

Who signed or replied to your appeal ?

(AA himself should have signed it...did AA give any "spoken" order ?)

 

Did he say why and under what Section is he forwarding the "appeal" to New Delhi ?

(Nowhere in the RTI Act, especially in Section 19, is anything mentioned about an "appeal" being "transferred" to another Public Authority")

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sorry for the late reply.

 

We got

a. A letter from hyderabad RPO that our first appeal has been forwarded to New delhi office

b. We get a response to our first appeal from New Delhi directing the Hyderabad RPO to respond to all our queries withing 15 days

 

We have not got response from Hyderabad RPO even after more than a month. It looks like we need to file a second appeal

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mgopik,

 

It is very strange that your First Appeal was forwarded to New Delhi.

There is NO provision in the RTI Act for a transfer of First Appeal.

The First Appeal is made as per Section 19(1) of the RTI Act to a officer "higher in rank to the PIO" and in the same Public Authority.

In this case the PA is the RPO Hyderabad. Your RTI application was also to PIO of RPO Hyderabad. Therefore your First Appeal was also to the AA in Hyderabad.

Under what section did he send the appeal to Delhi ?

 

Why is Delhi asking the Hyderabad RPO to reply within 15 days. The New Delhi office has no role to play in this particular case. It is juts a case of "passing the buck".

 

In any case, the time for the FAA to reply is already over. He has 30 days to reply (max 45 days, if he gives the reason for the extra time taken, in writing).

 

Therefore go in for Second Appeal to CIC.

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The website of the RPO Hyderabad shows the following as CPIO and AA:

Central Public Information Officer
::

Sri. B.Bala Bhaskar, IFS

Director to the Government of India and

Regional Passport Officer

Passport Office, Kummaraguda, Hyderabad 500003

Phone No : 040-27708585/27715333 Fax No : 040- 27705656

 

Appellate Authority
::

Shri.R.Swaminathan

Joint Secretary (CPV) and CPO

Ministry of External Affairs

Patiala House Annexe, Tilak Marg, New Delhi

Phone No : 011-23387104,23384529

Fax No : 011-23387281,23782821

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Therefore the procedure followed by them in sending the first appeal to Delhi appears to be alright. Anyhow since there is enough delay, we may go for second appear now.

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Yes, I just checked the letter. It has been forwarded to the appellate authority that you have mentioned (Shri R. Swaminathan, .. new delhi).

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mgopik,

 

could you please attach your original rti application.

 

because i feel u need to move to second appeal.

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Regional passport officer, Hyderabad.

 

Same port nos given to two individuals

 

As Advised by mr. Karira. i have resubmitted my application on the above subject along with rs. 10 Postal order by registered post ack due. today ie. 28.3.09 along with news paper cutting on the letter to editor of urdu dail dt. 24.3.09 for immediate action as per RTI

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