Courtesy Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005, any citizen of India can request the Passport Office to disclose any information that falls under the person’s right to knowledge. To obtain information using RTI, the individual needs to send a request in writing or online to the Chief Public Information Officer of Consular, Passport and Visa (CPV) Division, Ministry of External Affairs.
How to File an Application under RTI
When it comes to filing an application under the RTI Act, 2005, an individual must follow the instructions mentioned below:
- First, the individual needs to submit an application to obtain information. If the information is sought under subsection (1) of Section 6 as per the Gazette notification issued by Department of Personnel & Training Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension, Government of India, the prescribed fee of Rs.10 needs to be paid.
- For the RTI application which is submitted in writing at the CPV Division, Patiala House, New Delhi, the application fee can be paid in cash or through Demand Draft/Banker’s Cheque /Indian Postal Order. The Demand Draft/Banker’s Cheque/Indian Postal Order must be drawn in favor of the Accounts Officer, Ministry of External Affairs which is payable at New Delhi.
RTI Application Fees
If the application is being submitted physically at the Regional Passport Offices, the fee can be paid in cash or through Demand Draft/Banker’s cheque/ Indian Postal Order which is drawn in favor of the Passport Officer of the concerned Passport Office, payable at the place where the passport office is located. The application fees can be paid using internet banking/ credit card/ debit card/other payment facilities available on the RTI Online Portal, if the RTI application is made through the portal. People who fall under the BPL category need not pay the application fee if the necessary documents are provided at the time of the filing of the RTI application.
As per the directive of the Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension of the Indian Government (no. 34012/8(s)/2005 Estt - B dated 16.09.2005, for obtaining information under sub-section (1) and (5) of Section 7, an additional fee is charged.
- Under Subsection (1) of Section 7, the additional fee charged are as follows:
- For each page created or copied in A-4 size paper – Rs.2.
- For each page created or copied in A-3 size paper – Rs.2.
- 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:
- If information is provided in a diskette or floppy – Rs.50.
- If information is provided in print – Rs.2 per page of photocopy for extracts from the publication.
Note: The mode of payment for the additional fee is the same as that provided for the payment of the application fees. If additional fees is required to be paid for obtaining information, the concerned authority will communicate the requirement for additional fee payment to the applicant.
When can an Applicant file an Appeal?
An appeal can be submitted to the Appellate Authority by the applicant if:
- The applicant has not received a decision within the time that is specified under Subsection (1) or Clause (a) of Subsection (3) of Section 7.
- The applicant is aggrieved by a decision of the Public Information Officer (PIO).
Note: The appeal can be filed within 30 days of the above mentioned instances.
Format for filing RTI Application to Obtain Information
To file an RTI application, either in writing or through electronic means, there is certain format. The format which needs to be used by applicants while filling in RTI applications that needs to be sent to the Chief Public Information Officer or Public Information Officer is mentioned below:
The Chief Public Information Officer (or) / Public Information Officer
CPV Division/ Regional Passport Officer/ Passport Officer
✔ 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.
✔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.
✔ Complete address _____________________________
✔ _____________________________ Fill this out with the same address as appears in your passport, and on other identity + address proof documents.
✔Telephone No. Office ________ Res.____________ Mobile ______________ Fill in the number on which you can be contacted at any time of the day.
✔ 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)
✔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:
✔Cheque / IPO No
✔Date Name of the issuing
✔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
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.
Details of all Public Information Officers, Regional Passport Officers, Appellate Authority, and Central Public Information Officer
As per the requirement of the RTI Act, 2005, the applicant may need to write to different people who occupy posts that have the authority to grant them the desired information. Given that, listed below are the official contact information (as on 09.06.2014) of various relevant officials:
List of CPIOs/First Appellate Authority (FAA) in the PSP Division
|Public Information Officer||First Appellate Authority|
|Shri A.S. Takhi Director Tel: 23382658 Email: email@example.com||Shri Arun Kumar Chatterjee, JS (PSP) & CPO Tel. No. 23387013 / 23384536 E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Shri Subodh Kumar, DPO(Ops.), Tel: 23386786 Email: email@example.com||Shri Ashok Kumar Singh, OSD(PSP) Tel. No. 23386064 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Shri S. Ramji US(PSP-I) Tel: 23070364 Email: email@example.com||Shri Arun Kumar Chatterjee, JS (PSP) & CPO Tel. No. 23387013 / 23384536 E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Shri Sahib Singh (PSP-Admin and Cadre) Tel: 23073259 Email: email@example.com||Shri Arun Kumar Chatterjee, JS (PSP) & CPO Tel. No. 23387013 / 23384536 E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org|
List of CPIOs and First Appellate Authority (FAAs) in Passport Offices
|Public Information Officer||First Appellate Authority|
|Shri C.V. Ravindran, Senior Superintendent Tel: 079-26309103 email@example.com||Smt. Sonia Yadav, Regional Passport Officer, Ahmedabad -380 006.|
|Shri Balraj, Senior Superintendent 0183-2506251, firstname.lastname@example.org||Shri Munish Kapoor, Regional Passport Officer, Amritsar -143 001.|
|Shri.Hareeswaran K, Deputy Passport Officer 080-25706146 / 25706100 / 25706101 / 25706102 / 25706103 / email@example.com||Shri Bharath Kumar Kuthati, RPO Bangalore -560 095.|
|Shri Atul Kumar Saxena, Senior Superintendent 0581-2311874 firstname.lastname@example.org||Mohammed Naseem, Regional Passport Officer, Bareilly -243 122.|
|Smt. Sharanappa Talwar, Assistant Passport Officer 0755-2602998, 2583255, 2902045 email@example.com||Smt. Rashmi Baghel, Regional Passport Officer, Bhopal - 462 024.|
|Shri Devabrata Bhuiya, Assistant Passport Officer 0674-2564470 / firstname.lastname@example.org||Shri Sudhansu Sekhar Mishra, Regional Passport Officer, Bhubaneswar -751 012.|
|Shri Amit Kumar Rawat, Deputy Passport Officer 0172-2624728 /||email@example.com||Shri Shibash Kabiraj, Regional Passport Officer, Chandigarh -160 022.|
|Smt. Sushma, Deputy Passport Officer firstname.lastname@example.org||Shri P K Ashok Babu, Regional Passport Officer, Chennai -600 002.|
|Shri Ansamma K. Abraham, Senior Superintendent 0484-2322660 / email@example.com||Smt. Bhanulali, Regional Passport Officer, Cochin -682 036.|
|Shri Hemanathan, Assistant Passport Officer, 0422-2301415 / firstname.lastname@example.org||Shri G. Sivakumar, Regional Passport Officer, Coimbatore -641 018.|
|Shri Deepak Joshi, Assistant Passport Officer email@example.com||Shri Rishi Angra, Regional Passport Officer, Dehradun -248 001.|
|Shri Suresh Yadav, Senior Superintendent 011-26184000 / firstname.lastname@example.org||Dr. Satyanjal Pandey, Regional Passport Officer, New Delhi-110 066.|
|Shri Hariom Gaur, Deputy Passport Officer 0120-2701211, email@example.com||Shri Dharmendra Singh, Regional Passport Officer, Ghaziabad -201 002.|
|Shri Amal Chandra Biswas, Senior Superintendent 0361-2220606 firstname.lastname@example.org||Shri Naorem J. Singh, Regional Passport Officer, Guwahati -781 028.|
|Smt. V. Vijaya Laxmi, Senior Superintendent email@example.com||Shri Dr. E.Vishnu Vardhan Reddy, Regional Passport Officer, Secunderabad -500 003.|
|Dr. Praveen Kumar Mittal, Deputy Passport Officerfirstname.lastname@example.org||Shri Rajendra Singh, Regional Passport Officer, Jaipur-302 051.|
|Shri Mulakh Raj, Assistant Passport Officer 0181-2222355 email@example.com||Shri Harmanbir Singh Gill, Regional Passport Officer, Jalandhar-144 001.|
|Shri Brij Bhushan, Assistant Passport Officer 0194-17483306 /||firstname.lastname@example.org||Shri Nishith Kumar Shil, Regional Passport Officer, Jammu -180 004.|
|Shri Uttam Kumar Biswas, Deputy Passport Officer 033-22345678 / email@example.com||Shri Bibhuti Bhushan Kumar, Regional Passport Officer, Kolkata -700 001.|
|Smt. Latha S., Assistant Passport Officier 0495-2766936 / firstname.lastname@example.org||Shri. Rahees. M, IES Regional Passport Officer, Kozhikode -673 006.|
|Shri Avnish Rastogi, Deputy Passport Officer 0522-2305134 / email@example.com||Shri Peeyush Verma, Regional Passport Officer, Gomti Nagar,|
|Shri K. Palravindran, Deputy Passport Officer 0452-2526525 firstname.lastname@example.org||Shri Arun Prasad .T, Regional Passport Officer, Madurai -625 002.|
|Shri H. T. Fulpadia, Deputy Passport Officer 022-24934973 / email@example.com||Shri T.D. Sharma, Regional Passport Officer, umbai-400 051,|
|Shri Girija Jagatheesan, Assistant Passport Officer 0712-2511741 / firstname.lastname@example.org||Shri C.L. Gautam, Regional Passport Officer, Nagpur - 440 006.|
|Shri Sanjeev Sunger, Senior Superintendent email@example.com||Shri T.D. Sharma, Regional passport Officer, Panaji -403 001.|
|Manoj Kumar Roy, Senior Superintendent 0612-2207378 / firstname.lastname@example.org||Shri Parveen Mohan Sahai, Regional Passport Officer, Patna - 800 001.|
|Shri Ranjeev Kumar, Assistant Passport Officer 020-25675419 / email@example.com||Shri Anant Shankar Takwale, Regional Passport Officer, Pune - 411 016.|
|Shri Susil Kumar Mahapatra, Assistant Passport Officer 0771-2263920 / firstname.lastname@example.org||Shri C.P. Yadav, Regional Passport Officer, Raipur - 492 010.|
|Shri Ashok Kumar Ray, Senior Superintendent 0651-2443607 / email@example.com||Shri Pankaj Kumar Prabhat, Regional Passport Officer, Ranchi -834 005.|
|Shri Raj Kapoor, Assistant Passport Officer 0177-2650070 / firstname.lastname@example.org||Shri Ravi Chhawal, Regional Passport Officer, Shimla-171 003.|
|Shri Anil Ananda Suryawanshi, Assistant Passport Officer 0194-2500375 / email@example.com||Shri Brij Bhushan Nagar, Regional Passport Officer, Srinagar -190 001.|
|Shri Uma N.Bhatkar, Assistant Passport Officer firstname.lastname@example.org||Shri Ashok R. Sonkusare, Regional Passport Officer, Surat -395 007.|
|Shri S. Govindaraju, Assistant Passport Officer 0431-2706622 / email@example.com||Shri R.Anand, Regional Passport Officer, Trichirappalli - 620 008.|
|Shri Anandan Iyar, Assistant Passport Officer 0471-2460132 / firstname.lastname@example.org||Sh.Ashique Karattil, Regional Passport Officer, Trivandrum - 695 024.|
|Shri Surendra Kumar Patnaik, Assistant Passport Officer 0866 - email@example.com||Shri D.S.S. Srinivasa Rao Passport Officer, Vijayawada - 520010 .|
|Shri Dadi Ramakrishna, Deputy Passport Officer 0891-2745747 / firstname.lastname@example.org||Shri N.L.P Choudary Regional Passport Officer, Visakhapatnam -530 009.|