I was looking for some information on "Right to Emergency Care" on google and stumbles upon this site. I just browsed through, and boy! am I happy! I saw the posting titled "Passport Woes" by Puja Iyengar and the replies by Karira and others. I am so happy because I was wondering about using RTI for my own passport.
I am in Kolkata for the last fourteen years, but born and studied till my graduation in Kerala where my parents still live. I have stayed in many places in Kolkata and am now at my present address for the last two years. I applied for a passport in November last year. I followed it through and went to the police station for the verification. I think the officer was hinting at some bribe which I did not pay. Anyway after the verification the papers were sent back to the regional passport office and I was given a despatch number from DIB.
Then on the website (indianpassport.nic.in), they asked me to apply with PP forms with birth of place address. The agent through which I applied told me that this was because I did not pay the bribe and now it has to go to Kerala and come back. Anyway I submitted the PP form again with the required details by the end of January.
From that time there is no change in the status on the website. I filed two grievances using the facility offered at the website, but no news from the rpo. In the second grievance I even mentioned that I may use RTI, but still absolutely no response from them. The last grievance filed was a month ago.
I think I will file an RTI. What do you think about it Karira and other helpful people here?
With warm regards, Sajeev.