An applicant was directed by Bank of Baroda to take back the Postal Order for Rs.10/=and instead send a Bankers Cheque/Draft along with the RTI application. Mrs Shaina Mariam Warsi of Muradabad, filed a complaint with the CIC when her RTI application was returned with the above advice.
Deciding on the complaint the CIC held that : "it was not proper on the part of the Public Authority to return the application dated 09-02-2007. It was incumbent upon him to have referred the application to the concerned CPIO/PIO under intimation to the applicant. Besides the RTI application fee could be paid through postal order as it is an authorized mode of payment vide Department of Personal & Training Notification No. GSR 294(E) dated 17th May 06, under the RTI Act, and these have to be accepted by the Public Authority. Non acceptance of the Postal Order by the Public Authority was a clear violation of the provisions of the RTI Act & Rules made there under. The provision of the RTI Act should be scrupulously observed in future".
The Commission also noted that the officers of the bank are not quite conversant with provision of the RTI Act, and they need to be imparted training in this behalf. Bank Authorities are therefore directed to take adequate steps accordingly.
Canara Bank refused to entertain an RTI application and its first appeal, because it did not have an arrangement with the Post Office to collect the application fee. This happened to Mr K. Lall of Malviya Nagar, New Delhi, who had remitted the RTI fees at the post office. In the instant case, the Commission held that:
A decision has been taken by the Commission that whenever appellants did not find a public authority nearer to his residence they are at liberty to send their application through Post offices by paying Rs.10/- in the post office. There must be some system available in the Post offices for transferring this amount at the end of the year. This can be sorted out by the Bank with the Post Office. On this account, the Bank need not have rejected this application. I direct the CPIO to provide information to the queries raised by the appellant within 15 days from the date of receipt of this direction. After the receipt of reply in case if the appellant is not satisfied he is at liberty to file his appeal before the first AA and I direct the AA to dispose of the appeal within 15 days from the date of appeal by issuing a speaking order. On these lines, the appeal is disposed of.