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Ministries to Put up RTI Replies Online
Nov 07, 2014

Taking transparency to another level, the government directed all its ministries and departments to suo motu display RTI applications and responses thereof, on their respective websites from October 31.

However, the DoPT instructions in this regard do leave scope for withholding RTI replies that contain personal information relating to an individual. It may be noted that RTI applications and appeals received and their responses relating to the personal information of an individual may not be disclosed if they do not serve any public interest.

To facilitate uploading of RTI applications and appeals received and their responses on the website, a new feature has been added to the CPIO/FAA module on the RTI Online portal on pilot basis for DoPT. Through this feature, an option is given to the Central Public Information Officers (CPIO) and First Appellate Authority (FAA) to upload the reply to RTI query and the first appeal respectively on to the department's website.

This particular feature will now be extended to other ministries and departments as well. To display the RTI applications received in the ministry/department and the reply given using this feature, web services will be provided through a URL to each ministry or department by NIC or DoPT.

The concerned ministry/department needs to consume this web service (by writing a program) to display the desired contest on its respective website. The ministries and departments were asked to take the help of NIC or DoPT experts in this regard.

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