IPOs safe, legitimate mode of RTI fees: Activists

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 8/12/2012 12:06:13 AM

JAMMU, Aug 11: Clearing the air over the confusion that Indian Postal Orders, IPOs are not safe mode of payment as fees under Jammu and Kashmir Right to Information Act 2009, the RTI activists and legal experts have made it clear that like Demand Drafts and Banker’s Cheque the RTI fees paid through Indian Postal orders is absolutely legitimate, safe and must be accepted as the J & K RTI Act, Rules are very much clear in this regard.
Citing rule 4 of the Jammu and Kashmir RTI Rules 2010, RTI Activist and advocate Vilakshan Singh informed that the government rules gives option to the RTI applicant to choose his mode of payment and that right must be honoured. He also commented on the notion that the RTI fees paid through IPO goes to union government’s kitty is wrong. Whereas Balwinder Singh, RTI activist and Convener Sangarsh RTI Movement said that the Public Authority should realize the fees received under J & K RTI Act 2009 if it is paid through Cheque,
Demand Draft or IPO and the perception that the IPO fees goes union government is far away from truth. Aseem Sawhney, another noted RTI activist, also objected to the demand of scrapping the option of Indian Postal order. He said the IPO’s are the easiest and safest safe mode of payment for RTI users. Activist/Advocate Dewaker Sharma too shared the same opinion and said there is no need to scrap IPO as mode of fees because in far flung areas, the IPO’s are most feasible mode of payment because of the availability of Post Offices in every nook and corner of the state. RTI Activist Raman Sharma and Deepak Sharma also stressed for continuation of IPO as RTI fees option.



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