The e-District project (http://edistrict.kerala.gov.in) of Kerala State Government has now been widely accepted. Apart from the basic revenue departmental services, a provision for filingRight to Information (RTI) requests online has also been integrated with the portal. Various departments under the state government are being added to the list of “Online RTI available” ones. Hopefully, in a year or so, the entire Government of Kerala will come under the Online RTI facility.
Likewise, Government of India has a portal (https://rtionline.gov.in) for filing RTI requests online. It almost covers all the ministries of the Central Government. But we cannot submit requests pertaining to any state departments through this portal. Only central ministries/departments/institutions are covered under this portal.
In both the portals, the peculiarity is ease of use, and facility to pay the RTI fees online (using your ATM cards, Credit Cards, or Internet Banking). You will get the reply, anyway, by registered post. The fee towards RTI application is just Rs. 10/- as of today. There is no postal charges to be borne by the applicant. In Kerala’s eDistrict portal, you might need to pay the Bank Charges while paying online, which is not more than another Rs. 15/-. But in Central Government’s portal, there is no bank charges. In both the portals, BPL (Below Poverty Line) applicants need not pay any fee at all.
Apart from filing RTIs, you can submit the First Appeal of the already submitted RTIs online, if the reply is not received in 30 days of submission of the RTI request or if the reply received is not satisfactory. This facility is there in both the portals.
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