RTI facility for NRIs soon

Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs asks government to devise a mechanism for this

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Danish Raza | February 15, 2010



NRIs will soon be able to file RTI applications online by depositing a fee of Rs 10 in the nearest Indian mission.

The ministry of overseas Indian affairs (MOIA) has asked the government to make appropriate arrangements for the same.

“In the absence of appropriate arrangement, the NRIs are finding it difficult to deposit the fees for seeking information from various ministries/ departments,” the MOIA said in a letter to the ministry of external affairs and department of personnel and training - RTI's parent body.

MOIA has created a link on its website to receive RTI applications. On receipt, the application will be  transferred to the government office it concerns, located anywhere in India.

Delhi based RTI activist Commodore (Rtd) Lokesh Batra had filed a complaint with the CIC regarding the problems faced by the NRIs in filing RTI applications.

“There is no mechanism of paying fee. They have to ask someone living in India, to file the application on their behalf,” said Batra.

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