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The Right to Information (RTI) Act, which came into force w.e.f. 12.10.2005, is an important legislation designed to promote transparency and accountability in the functioning of public authorities. The full text of the Right to Information Act can be seen here and related information about this Act is available here (link to hehttp://righttoinformation.gov.in/RTI-Act.pdf).

 

Indian citizen living abroad can also avail facility to purchase an Indian Postal Order electronically (eIPO-Electronic Indian Postal Order) by paying a fee on-line through e-Post Office Portal i.e.http://www.epostoffice.gov.in. It can also be accessed through India Post website http://www.indiapost.gov.in. As per RTI Rules, 2012, fees may be paid by electronic means, if facility for receiving fees through electronic means is available with the public authority. 


The user needs to get registered at the website. He/She has to select the Ministry/Department from whom he/she desires to seek the information under the RTI Act and the e-IPO so generated can be used to seek information from that Ministry/Department only. A printout of the e-IPO is required to be attached with the RTI application. If the RTI application is being filled electronically, e-IPO is required to be attached as an attachment.

The payment of fee can also be made by way of cash (its equivalent in Euro) to the Accounts Officer of the Embassy against receipt. 

Launching of e-IPO for payment of fee by Indians abroad under the RTI Act, 2005 

 

Applications seeking information under the RTI Act, 2005 may be sent along with the prescribed fee through e-IPO* (Electronic Indian Postal Order) OR in Euro, equivalent to Indian Rs.10/- in cash/cheque or demand draft favouring Consulate General of India, Milan. [The rate of exchange for a particular month may be ascertained from the Consulate General of India].

 

*Facility of e-IPO for payment of fee under the RTI Act, 2005 

 

The Department of Personnel and Training and Department of Posts have launched a service called e-IPO (Electronic Indian Postal Order) to enable Indian Citizens residing in India or abroad to purchase an Indian Postal Order electronically by paying fee on-line through e-Post Office Portal i.e. http://www.epostoffice.gov.in, to enable them to seek information under the RTI Act, 2005.  It can also be accessed through India Post Website, i.e. www.indiapost.gov.in. An e-IPO so generated must be used only once with an RTI application.

 

The User needs to get himself registered at the website. He 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 that Ministry/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, e-IPO is required to be attached as an attachment. For more details please visit the website http://www.epostoffice.gov.in.

 

This facility is only for purchasing an Indian Postal Order electronically. All the requirements for filing an RTI application as well as other provisions regarding eligibility, time limit, exemptions, etc. will continue to apply.

 

Public Information Officer 


Under the Right to Information Act of the Government of India, application for seeking information relevant to Consulate General of India, Milan, may be addressed to the Public Information Officer in writing through a letter, Fax or E-Mail. Particulars of the Public Information Officer are as follows: 


Shri Anil S. Kulkarni, Consul (e-mail: consul@consolatoindia.in)

 

Appellate Authority 


Under the Right to Information Act of the Government of India, the application for seeking information should be addressed to the Public Information Officer. However, if the applicant is not satisfied with the response, he/she may approach the Appellate Authority whose details are given below: 


Shri Charanjeet Singh(e-mail: cg.milan@mea.gov.in)

 

Please note that the information under RTI Act can be sought only by CITIZENS OF INDIA, holding Indian passports. Persons of Indian Origin and Overseas Citizens of India are not covered by this Act.



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