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  • RTI and Passport

    It is possible for any Indian citizen to request the Passport Office to disclose any information that falls under his/her right as part of the RTI (Right To Information) Act. In order to obtain information through the RTI Act, a request must be sent in writing or through electronic means to the Chief Public Information Officer, CPV Division, Ministry of External Affairs.

    How to file an application under RTI with the CPV (Consulate, Passport, and Visa) division of the Ministry of External Affairs or Passport Offices in India

    Given below are step-by-step instructions on how to file an RTI for information from the CPV / Passport Office.

    1. Application fee.
      • If information is being sought under Subsection (1) of Section 6, an application fee must be paid.
      • Any person person seeking any information under the RTI Act from the CPV / - Passport Officers must pay an application fee of Rs.10.
      • If the RTI application is being submitted in writing at the CPV Division, Patiala House, New Delhi, the fee can be paid in cash, or through Demand Draft / Banker’s Cheque / Indian Postal Order which has been drawn in favour of the Accounts Officer, Ministry of External Affairs, payable at New Delhi.
      • If the RTI application is being submitted in writing at any of the Regional Passport Offices (RPO), the fee can be paid in cash, or through Demand Draft / Banker’s Cheque / Indian Postal Order which has been drawn in favour of The Passport Officer, <respective Post Office>, payable at the location in which the <respective Post Office> is located.
      • If the RTI application is being submitted online through the RTI web portal, the application fee must be paid online through Net Banking / Credit or Debit Card / Other payment facilities that are available on the portal itself.
      • It should be noted that those persons who fall under the BPL Category are exempted from the payment of the application fee, but only if they provide the necessary documents that support their claim.
      • The requirement for an application fee comes from a directive mentioned in a Gazette Notification that was issued by the Department of Personnel & Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension of the Indian Government (no. 34012/8(s)/2005 Estt - B dated 16.09.2005).
    2. Additional Fee.
      • For information being sought under Subsection (1) and (5) of Section 7, an additional fee will be charged.
      • Under Subsection (1) of Section 7:
        • For each page created or copied in A-4 size paper – Rs.2 per page.
        • For each page created or copied in A-3 size paper – Rs.2 per page.
        • For samples or models – actual cost price.
        • For copies in larger size paper – actual cost price.
        • For inspection of records – no fee for the first hour, and Rs.5 per hour after that.
      • Under Subsection (5) of Section 7:
        • For information that is to be provided in a diskette or floppy – Rs.50 per diskette or floppy.
        • For information provided in print – the price fixed for such publication.
        • For information provided in print – Rs.2 per photocopied page extracted from the required publication.
      • The mode of payment will be the same as that of the Application Fee.
      • In case additional fees are required, the concerned authority will communicate the requirement for additional fee payment to the applicant. The applicant must then deposit the required amount, and the concerned authority will make the information available once receipt of the additional fees are confirmed.
    3. Appeal

      An appeal can be submitted to the Appellate Authority by the applicant if:

      • A decision has not been received by the applicant within the time period specified under Subsection (1) or Clause (a) of Subsection (3) of Section 7.
      • The applicant is aggrieved by the decision of PIO.

      The application must be submitted within 30 days of the above instances.

    4. Application Format

      Below is the format (with filling instructions in italics) in which RTI applications must be sent to the Chief Public Information Officer or Public Information Officer:

      To,

      The Chief Public Information Officer (or) / Public Information Officer

      CPV Division/ Regional Passport Officer/ Passport Officer

      1. Full Name of the Applicant (in capital letters)

      _______________________________ Fill out your name here, as it appears in official records like Driving License, Birth Certificate, etc.

      2. Father's / Husband Name (in capital letters) _______________________________ Fill out this information here, as it appears in official records like their Passports . Do not include if no Father’s Name / Husband’s Name is available.

      3. Complete address _____________________________

      _____________________________ Fill this out with the same address as appears in your passport, and on other identity + address proof documents.

      Pin code_____________________________

      4. Telephone No. Office ________ Res.____________ Mobile ______________ Fill in the number on which you can be contacted at any time of the day.

      5. Whether belong to BPL category (if yes, please attach a copy of the BPL / Antyodaya ration card (please tick) Yes ___No____ to claim waiver of the application fee)

      6. Details of Application Fee / Additional Fee:- (Application Fee - Rs.10/-; Addl. Fee - @Rs.2/- per page for A-4 size paper created or copied, by Cash, DD/BC/IPO to be drawn in favour of 'Accounts Officer, Ministry of External Affairs, if the application is submitted at the CPV Division, Patiala House, New Delhi or Passport Officer' payable at local office where the application is submitted:

      - Cash Receipt/

      - DD/Bankers

      - Cheque / IPO No

      - Date Name of the issuing

      - Bank/Authority

      Amount (Rs.)_______

      7. Particulars of information required (please enclose separate sheet, if required, indicating specific details of information required and the preferred medium i.e. inspection, photocopy, softcopy, etc.)

      Write the required information here.

      DECLARATION

      I state that the information sought does not fall within the restriction contained in Section 8 & 9 of the RTI Act and to the best of my knowledge it pertains to your office.

      Place:_________

      Date:___________

      Details of all Public Information Officers, Regional Passport Officers, Appellate Authority, and Central Public Information Officer

      Depending on the RTI requirement, the RTI applicant may have to write to different people who occupy posts that have the jurisdiction and authority to grant the applicant his desired information.

      Listed below is the official contact information (as on 09.06.2014) of various relevant officials:

      1. Central Public Information Officer

        Shri Jagpal Singh,

        Section Officer (CPV-RTI) & CPIO

        RTI Section, CPV Division,

        Ministry of External Affairs,

        Patiala House Annexe, Tilak Marg,

        New Delhi -110001.

        Telephone: 00 91-11-23381051

        Fax: 00 91-11-23388648

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Appellate Authority

        Shri Muktesh K. Pardeshi

        Joint Secretary (PSP) & Chief Passport Officer,

        Ministry of External Affairs,

        Room No. 20, Patiala House Annexe, Tilak Marg,

        New Delhi - 110001

        Tel No: +91-11-23387013

        Fax: +91-11-23782821

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Ahmedabad

        Shri Zaigham Ali Khan,

        Regional Passport Officer

        Opposite L.D. Engineering College Hostel,

        University Road,

        Gulbai Tekra,

        Ahmedabad - 380 006.

        Tel No: 079-26309103

        Fax: 079-26309118

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Amritsar

        Shri J.S. Sodhi,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        2nd - 4th Floor, S.C.O. 110,

        Raj Tower,

        District Shopping Complex,

        Ranjit Avenue,

        Amritsar -143 001.

        Tel No: 0183-2506251

        Fax: 0183-2502104/08

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Bangalore

        Shri P.S Karthigeyan, RPO

        8th Block, 80 Feet Road,

        Koramangala,

        Bangalore -560 095.

        Tel No: 080-25706146

        Fax: 080-25706124

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Bareilly

        Shri. Ram Singh,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        Vikas Jyoti Commercial Complex,

        II and III floor,BDA Building,

        Priyadarshini Nagar,

        Bareilly -243 122.

        Tel No: 0581-2311874

        Fax: 0581-2302031(F)

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Bhopal

        Shri. Manoj Kumar Rai,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        I.S.B.T. Main Building,

        Mezzanine Floor,

        In front of Sanchi Dugdh Sangh,

        Hoshangabad Road,

        Habibganj, Bhopal - 462 024.

        Tel No: 0755-2602998

        Fax: 0755-2602996

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Bhubaneshwar

        Smt. Padma Mohanti,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        A-119 Unit-VIII, Nayapalli,

        front of CBI Office,

        Bhubaneswar - 751 012.

        Tel No: 0674 - 2564470

        Fax: 0674-2564460

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Chandigarh

        Shri Rakesh Aggarwal,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        SCO 28-32, Sector 34-A,

        Chandigarh -160 022.

        Tel No: 0172-2624728

        Fax: 0172-2601863

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Chennai

        Shri K. Balamurugan,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        Rayala Towers No. 2 and 3,

        IV Floor, Old No. 785,

        New No. 158, Anna Salai,

        Chennai -600 002.

        Tel No: 044-28206253

        Fax: 28220678

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Chennai

        Shri K. Balamurugan,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        Rayala Towers No. 2 and 3,

        IV Floor, Old No. 785,

        New No. 158, Anna Salai,

        Chennai -600 002.

        Tel No: 044-28206253

        Fax: 28220678

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Cochin

        Shri R.O. Sunil Babu,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        Panampilly Nagar PO,

        Cochin - 682 036.

        Tel No: 0484-2322660

        Fax: 0484-2310915

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Coimbatore

        Shri. S. Sasikumar,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        First Floor,

        Corporation Commercial Complex,

        Opp. Thandumariamman Koil,

        Avinashi Road,

        Coimbatore -641 018.

        Tel No: 0422-2301415

        Fax: 0422-2306660

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Dehradun

        Shri V. S Pandey,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        12, New Road, Aroma Hotel,

        Dehradun -248 001.

        Tel No: 0135-2652160

        Fax: 0135-2652161

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for New Delhi

        Dr. Aman Puri,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        Hudco Trikoot-3,

        Bhikaji Cama Place, R.K.Puram,

        New Delhi-110 066.

        Tel No: 011-26184000

        Fax: 011-26161783

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Ghaziabad

        Shri Sitaram Yadav,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        CGO Complex-1,

        Hapur Road, Hapur Chungi,

        Kamala Nehru Nagar,

        Ghaziabad -201 002.

        Tel No: 0120-2701211

        Fax: 0120-2782770

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Guwahati

        Smt. Ajungla Jamir,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        Rani Bagan, Basistha Road,

        3rd Byelane,

        Guwahati -781 028.

        Tel No: 0361-2220606

        Fax: 0361-2260101

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Hyderabad

        Smt. Ashwini Sattaru,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        D.No.8-2-215 to 219,

        Kummarguda,

        Secunderabad -500 003.

        Tel No: 040-27715115

        Fax: 040-27705656

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Jaipur

        Shri Vivek Jeph,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        J-14, Jhalana Institutional Area,

        Jhalana Doongri,

        Jaipur-302 051.

        Tel No: 0141-2221414

        Fax: 0141-2710219

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Jalandhar

        Shri. Harmanbir Singh Gill,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        Ambika Towers, 2nd - 3rd Floor,

        14- Police Line Road,

        Jalandhar-144 001.

        Tel No: 0181-2222355

        Fax: 0181-2236567

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Jammu

        Shri Rajinder Gupta,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        Aquaf Trust Building, Opposite

        Gandhi Nagar Hospital,

        Gandhi Nagar,

        Jammu -180 004.

        Tel No: 0191-2433359

        Fax: 2435279

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Kolkata

        Smt. Geetika Srivastava,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        4 Brabourne Road, 1st floor,

        Kolkata -700 001.

        Tel No: 033-22345678

        Fax: 033-22254762

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Kozhikode

        Shri K.P. Madhusoodanan,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        Eranhipalam Post,

        Kozhikode - 673 006.

        Tel No: 0495-2766936

        Fax: 0495-2765470

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Lucknow

        Shri R.N Rai,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        Passport Bhawan, Vipin Khand,

        Gomti Nagar,

        Lucknow -226 010.

        Tel No: 0522-2305134

        Fax: 0522-2305129

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Madurai

        Shri S. Manishwara Raja,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        Bharathi Ula Veethi,

        Race Course Road,

        Madurai -625 002.

        Tel No: 0452-2526525

        Fax: 0452-2522070

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Malappuram

        Shri P. Ramakrishnan,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        Intercity Arcade, Downhill Post,

        Malappuram -676 519.

        Tel No: 0483-2739704

        Fax: 0483-2739705

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Mumbai

        Smt. Swati Kulkarni,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        Manish Commercial Centre, 216-A,

        Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli,

        Mumbai-400 025.

        Tel No: 022-24934973

        Fax: 022-24935275

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Nagpur

        Shri C.L.Gautam,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        CGO Complex, B-Block, First Floor,

        Seminary Hills,

        Nagpur - 440 006.

        Tel No: 0712-2511741

        Fax: 0712-2511740

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Panaji

        Shri. Agnelo Fernandes,

        Regional passport Officer,

        Passport Bhavan, EDC Complex,

        Patto,

        Panaji - 403 001.

        Tel No: 0832-2437601

        Fax: 0832-2437603

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Patna

        Shri P.M.Sahai,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        D-Block, Maurya Lok Complex,

        Patna - 800 001.

        Tel No: 0612-2207378

        Fax: 0612-2227972

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Pune

        Shri Atul M. Gotsurve,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        MSFC Building,

        270 Bhamburda, S.B.Marg,

        Opp. Symbiosis College,

        Pune - 411 016.

        Tel No: 020-25675419

        Fax: 020-25679961

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Raipur

        Shri C.P. Yadav,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        1st Floor, Commercial Complex,

        Sector - 4,

        Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar,

        Raipur - 492 010.

        Tel No: 0771-2263920

        Fax: 0771-2263923

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Ranchi

        Shri Sanathan,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        3rd floor, The Galaxia Mall,

        Near Piska More,

        Uphaar Cinema Campus,

        Ratu Road,

        Ranchi -834 005.

        Tel No: 0651-2443607

        Fax: 0651-2282030

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Shimla

        Shri Rajesh Sharma,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        3rd Floor, Railway Board Building,

        Near SBI, The Mall,

        Shimla-171 003.

        Tel No: 0177-2650070

        Fax: 0177-2658648

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Srinagar

        Shri Firdous Iqbal,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        c/o Hotel Lake Breeze,

        Boulevard Road,

        Srinagar -190 001.

        Tel No: 0194-2452405

        Fax: 0194-2451224

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Surat

        Shri Nitya Nand,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        Near Grahak Bhawan,

        Opp. Police Quarters, Umra,

        Surat -395 007.

        Tel No: 0261-2331861

        Fax: 0261-2331863

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Thane

        Shri T D Sharma,

        Ag. Passport Officer,

        MIDC Building, Vardaan Sankul,

        Wagle Estate,

        Thane - 400 604.

        Tel No: 022-25832818

        Fax: 022-25829434

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Trivandrum

        Smt. C.B Zoya,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        SNSM Building, Karalkada Junction,

        Pettah.P.O.,

        Trivandrum - 695 024

        Tel No: 0471-2460132

        Fax: 0471-2461132

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Trichy

        Shri Lingusamy S,

        Regional Passport Officer,

        Municipal Water Tank Building,

        W.B. Road,

        Trichirappalli - 620 008

        Tel No: 0431-2706622

        Fax: 0431-2707515

        E-mail: [email protected]

      1. Regional Passport Officer / Chief Public Information Officer for Visakhapatnam

        Shri N.L.P. Choudhry, RPO

        Near P.F. Office, Beside Rythu Bazar,

        Marripalem VUDA Lay out,

        NAD Post,

        Visakhapatnam -530 009.

        Tel No: 0891-2745747

        Fax: 0891-2745748

        E-mail: [email protected]

    RTI can also be filed online at www.rtiindia.org, www.rtionline.gov.in.

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