DoPT. But, according to an office memorandum dated April 22, 2013, the facility of online RTI applications will be extended to all ministries and departments within one month.
For the government, the big challenge now is how to get the RTI nodal officers trained about the new online system. The OM said: “Arrangements have been made to provide training to the RTI Nodal Officers, RTI Cell officials and the NIC/IT personnel attached with the Ministries/Departments, by DoPT with the help of NIC, within next 2-3 weeks. The schedule for such training would be intimated to the RTI Nodal Officers directly. It is requested that training for all the CPIOs and FAAs may be organized by the concerned Ministry/Department, through these officers trained by DoPT/NIC.”
Here are a few important facts about the new online RTI system:
a) In the first phase, this facility is available to make a request to department of personnel and training only.
b) At present, the text of the application is confined up to 500 characters only in the prescribed column of the form. In case, the text of an application contains more than 500 characters, it can be uploaded as a PDF attachment in the “Supporting Document” column of the form.
c) After filling the first page, a non-BPL applicant has to click on “Make Payment” button for remittance of the prescribed RTI fee. The applicant can pay the prescribed RTI fee through the following modes: (i) Internet banking through SBI and its associated banks. (ii) Using ATM-cum-Debit card of State Bank of India.
d) On submission of an application, a unique registration number will be issued, which may be referred by the applicant for any future reference.
e) The application will reach electronically to the Nodal Officer of the said ministry/department and “not” to the CPIO of the concerned ministry/department.
f) In case the RTI application is not meant for the ministry which has been selected by the applicant, the Nodal Officer will transfer the application electronically to the Nodal Officer of the concerned main ministry/department located at New Delhi, under section 6(3) of the RTI Act.
g) In case additional fee representing the cost is required for providing information, the Nodal Officer will intimate the same, which can be viewed by the applicant through ‘View Status’ option in the RTI Online Portal and an e-mail alert will be sent to the applicant for the same.
h) Mobile number can be provided by the applicant or appellant in order to receive SMS alerts. The provision is however optional.
Action and Appointments
a) President of India has accepted the resignation of Vijay Singh from the post of Member, Union Public Service Commission with effect from April 30, 2013.
b) The President of India has given his assent to the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill, 2013. It has now been published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part-II, Section-1, dated the April 23, 2013 as Act No. 14 of 2013.