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    Re: RTI to Hyderabad passport office


    Our fight is still on. We got a response to our first appeal (after 30 days) that the appeal has been forwarded to New Delhi.

    Not sure how much time it will take for them to get back. Shall update this forum when we get the details (on where the passport was stuck, why did they take 9 months, what are the exact rules etc)


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    Quote Originally Posted by mgopik View Post
    Our fight is still on. We got a response to our first appeal (after 30 days) that the appeal has been forwarded to New Delhi.

    Not sure how much time it will take for them to get back. Shall update this forum when we get the details (on where the passport was stuck, why did they take 9 months, what are the exact rules etc)

    mgopik,

    Can you please clarify:

    Who signed or replied to your appeal ?
    (AA himself should have signed it...did AA give any "spoken" order ?)

    Did he say why and under what Section is he forwarding the "appeal" to New Delhi ?
    (Nowhere in the RTI Act, especially in Section 19, is anything mentioned about an "appeal" being "transferred" to another Public Authority")

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    Re: RTI to Hyderabad passport office


    sorry for the late reply.

    We got
    a. A letter from hyderabad RPO that our first appeal has been forwarded to New delhi office
    b. We get a response to our first appeal from New Delhi directing the Hyderabad RPO to respond to all our queries withing 15 days

    We have not got response from Hyderabad RPO even after more than a month. It looks like we need to file a second appeal

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    mgopik,

    It is very strange that your First Appeal was forwarded to New Delhi.
    There is NO provision in the RTI Act for a transfer of First Appeal.
    The First Appeal is made as per Section 19(1) of the RTI Act to a officer "higher in rank to the PIO" and in the same Public Authority.
    In this case the PA is the RPO Hyderabad. Your RTI application was also to PIO of RPO Hyderabad. Therefore your First Appeal was also to the AA in Hyderabad.
    Under what section did he send the appeal to Delhi ?

    Why is Delhi asking the Hyderabad RPO to reply within 15 days. The New Delhi office has no role to play in this particular case. It is juts a case of "passing the buck".

    In any case, the time for the FAA to reply is already over. He has 30 days to reply (max 45 days, if he gives the reason for the extra time taken, in writing).

    Therefore go in for Second Appeal to CIC.
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    The website of the RPO Hyderabad shows the following as CPIO and AA:
    Central Public Information Officer ::
    Sri. B.Bala Bhaskar, IFS
    Director to the Government of India and
    Regional Passport Officer
    Passport Office, Kummaraguda, Hyderabad 500003
    Phone No : 040-27708585/27715333 Fax No : 040- 27705656

    Appellate Authority ::
    Shri.R.Swaminathan
    Joint Secretary (CPV) and CPO
    Ministry of External Affairs
    Patiala House Annexe, Tilak Marg, New Delhi
    Phone No : 011-23387104,23384529
    Fax No : 011-23387281,23782821

    Therefore the procedure followed by them in sending the first appeal to Delhi appears to be alright. Anyhow since there is enough delay, we may go for second appear now.

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    Yes, I just checked the letter. It has been forwarded to the appellate authority that you have mentioned (Shri R. Swaminathan, .. new delhi).

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    Always go for TATKAL passport. It will save you time and lot of headaches.

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    Attached is the (first appeal) response we got from RPO hyderabad
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