Re: Suggestion for improvement of RTI Act and it's functionality
I think Kariraji is right. It is a perfect idea given the prevailing circumstances in the country.
There was a suggestion made by someone from Maharashtra (I think from Pune) that application fee should be also accepted by way of Postal Stamp, stuck to the application. Those are the easiest and most user friendly.
Kindly go through this link Stamp and Types
It seems that since years back there has been a policy of prescribing different stamps for different applications. Following are the various types of stamps:
1 Judicial stamps
2 Court fee stamps
3 Coping sheets
4 Non-Judicial stamp papers
5 Revenue stamps
6 Special Adhesive stamps (Labels)
7 Notarial stamps
8 Foreign Bill stamps
9 Brokers Note
10 Insurance policy stamps
11 Share Transfer stamps
13 Insurance Agency stamps
So if one wants to transfer Shares - use Share Transfer Stamps,
Likewise if one is executing an Agreement - use Special Adhesive Stamps (now Franking)
Similarly for Insurance policy - Insurance Agency Stamps
And so on and so forth.
RTI application being a quasi- judicial proceeding, Court fee stamps are prescribed for it.
If this technical barrier is waived for a RTI application and postal stamps
accepted as a valid mode of payment then it would be great. Let this technical / legal barrier not come in the way of implementing the RTI act.
Postal stamps have a very wide access across the length and breath of our country, and would be very useful to villagers for filing a RTI application.
Ofcourse for net savvy persons like us, usage of credit/debit card at a viable extra fee should be introduced. I think IRCTC (Indian railways) charges a fee of Rs.11/- per transaction for an e-ticket, so to make it economically viable Government may charge Rs.11/- in addition to Rs.10/- for a RTI application.
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