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 with the CPV (Consular, Passport, and Visa) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs or Passport Offices in India
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.
Note: 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) for CPV Division
|Name Designation & Tel. No. of Central Public Information Officer||Name designation & Tel. No. of First Appellate Authority||Item of work of Concerned Section / Unit|
|Shri A. Natarajan Director (CPV-C) Tel: 23382658 Fax: 23071370 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org||Shri Arun Kumar Chatterjee, JS (PSP) & CPO Tel. No. 23387013 / 23384536 Fax No. 23071370 E-mail: email@example.com||Parliament, Coordination, Appeals and Public Griev., (PV-III, CIPPS & Hindi, PG Section.)|
|Shri Subodh Kumar DPO Tel./Fax No. 23386786 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org||Shri Ashok Kumar Singh, O.S.D. (PSP & Head of PMU) Tel. No. 23386064 Fax No. 23386082 E-mail: email@example.com||Project Management Unit, (PMU)|
|Shri Y. K. Shukla US(PV-I) Tel: 23070364 Fax:23389802 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org||Shri Arun Kumar Chatterjee, JS (PSP) & CPO Tel. No. 23387013 / 23384536 Fax No. 23071370 E-mail: email@example.com||Policy/Legal Matters of Passport etc., (PV-I Section)|
|Shri Girish Chandra DS(PVE) Tel: 23070364 Fax: 23071370 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org||Shri Arun Kumar Chatterjee, JS (PSP) & CPO Tel. No. 23387013 / 23384536 Fax No. 23071370 E-mail: email@example.com||Establishment (PV-III Section)|
|Shri Anil Kumar Dhasmana DPO(Cadre) Tel: 23386936 Fax: 23071370 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org||Cadre|
|Shri Mohammad Naseem DPO(PVA) Tel: 23381051 Fax: 23388648 Email: email@example.com||Administration & Finance (PV-IV Section)|
|Shri S.B. Saroha US(PV-V) Tel: 23387281 Fax: 23387281 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org||Vigilance Unit (All Vigilance matters relating to CPO Cadre)|
|Shri Sahib Singh DPO(Projects) Tel: 23073259 Fax: 23071370 Email: email@example.com||Projects|
List of CPIOs/First Appellate Authority (FAA) in Passport Offices as of 06.09.2017
|Regional Passport Officer/CPIO||Regional Passport Office First Appellate Authority||E-mail Address||Telephone/FAX|
|Smt. Sonia Yadav DPO 079-26309103/4/6/8||Smt. Neelam Rani, Regional Passport Officer Opp. L.D. Engg. College Hostel, University Road, Gulbai Tekra, Ahmedabad -380 firstname.lastname@example.org||079-26309103 079-26309104 079-26309118 (F)|
|Shri Raj Kamal Bali Assistant Passport Officer||Shri Krishan Kumar, Regional Passport Officer, 2nd - 4th Floor , S.C.O. 110, Raj Tower, District Shopping Complex, Ranjit Avenue, Amritsar -143 email@example.com||0183-2506251, 2506252 0183-2502104/08 (F)|
|Shri.Hari Eswaran K DPO 080-25706100-104||Shri Bharath Kumar Kuthati, RPO 8th Block, 80 Feet Road, Koramangala, Bangalore -560 firstname.lastname@example.org||080-25706146 / 25706100 / 25706101 / 25706102 / 25706103 / 25706104 080-25706124(F)|
|Shri Divya Kumar Singh APO 0581-2311875||Shri Ram Singh, Regional Passport Officer, Vikas Jyoti Commercial Complex, II and III floor,BDA Building, Priyadarshini Nagar, Bareilly -243 email@example.com||0581-2311874 0581-2301027 0581-2302031(F)|
|Shri Sharanappa H Talwar Senior Superintendent 0755-2602994||Shri Nilesh Shrivastava, Regional Passport Officer, I.S.B.T. Main Building, Mezzanine Floor, In front of Sanchi Dugdh Sangh, Hoshangabad Road, Habibganj, Bhopal - 462 firstname.lastname@example.org||0755-2602998, 2583255, 2902045 0755-2602996(F)|
|Shri Gopal Chandra Das Assistant Passport Officer 0674-2564470||Dr. Digbijoy Giri, Regional Passport Officer, A-119 Unit-VIII, Nayapalli, front of CBI Office, Bhubaneswar -751 email@example.com||0674-2564470 / 2563855 0674-2564460 (F)|
|Shri.Sunil Dutt Senior Superintendent Tel. No. 0172-2624987 /2624988/2624989||Shri Shibash Kabiraj, Regional Passport Officer, SCO 28-32, Sector 34-A, Chandigarh -160 firstname.lastname@example.org||0172-2624728 / 2606889 0172-2601863 (F)|
|Smt. C Bharathy Assistant Passport Officer 044-28513638||Shri P K Ashok Babu, Regional Passport Officer, Rayala Towers No. 2 and 3, IV Floor, Old No. 785, New No. 158, Anna Salai, Chennai -600 email@example.com||044-28513638 044-28513637 (Fax)|
|Shri.S.Sethukumar Senior Superintendent Tel. No. 0484-2315152/2311323||Shri Prasanth Chandran, Regional Passport Officer, Panampilly Nagar PO, Cochin -682 firstname.lastname@example.org||0484-2322660 / 2315152 0484-2310915 (F)|
|Smt. K. Thangam, Assistant Passport Officer 0422-2301415 Smt. Pankajavalli.N Senior Superintendent||Shri S. Sasikumar, Regional Passport Officer, First Floor, Corporation Commercial Complex, Opp. Thandu Mariamman Koil, Avinashi Road, Coimbatore -641 email@example.com||0422-2301415 / 2309009 0422-2306660 (F)|
|Shri Bhoopendra Singh Bisht APO Tel. No. 01352652160||Shri Rishi Angra, Regional Passport Officer, 12, New Road, Aroma Hotel, Dehradun -248 firstname.lastname@example.org||0135-2652160/2652162 0135-2652161 (F)|
|Shri Suresh Yadav, Senior Superintendent||Shri Sanjiv Aggarwal, Regional Passport Officer, Hudco Trikoot-3, Bhikaji Cama Place, R.K.Puram, New Delhi-110 email@example.com||011-26184000 / 26174119 011-26161783 (F) 011-26165870 (F)|
|Shri Hariom Gaur Deputy Passport Officer 0120-2701211, 2700320||Shri Subarata Hazara, Regional Passport Officer, CGO Complex-1, Hapur Road, Hapur Chungi, Kamala Nehru Nagar, Ghaziabad -201 firstname.lastname@example.org||0120-2701211, 2700320 0120-2782770 (F)|
|Shri Joydeep Chakraborty Assistant Passport Officer||Shri John Mai, Regional Passport Officer, Rani Bagan, Basistha Road, 3rd Byelane, Guwahati -781 email@example.com||0361-2220606 0361-2229155 0361-2260101 (F)|
|Shri Ravi Kosuri Deputy Passport Officer 040-27715115||Shri Dr. E.Vishnu Vardhan Reddy, Regional Passport Officer, D.No.8-2-215 to 219, Kummarguda, Secunderabad -500 firstname.lastname@example.org||040-27715115/27715333 040-27705656(F)|
|Dr. Praveen Kumar Mittal IRS Tel. No. 0141-2702515||Shri Rajendra Singh, Regional Passport Officer, J-14, Jhalana Institutional Area, Jhalana Doongri, Jaipur-302 email@example.com||0141-2710219 (F)|
|Shri Ashok Kumar Bajwa Senior Superintendent 0181-2242114/2242117||Shri Harmanbir Singh Gill, Regional Passport Officer, Ambika Towers, 2nd - 3rd Floor, 14- Police Line Road, Jalandhar-144 firstname.lastname@example.org||0181-2222355 0181-2225991 0181-2236567 (F)|
|Shri Ganesh Chand Bagga Assistant Passport Officer 0194-17483306/2451085||Shri Vimarsh Aryan, Regional Passport Officer, Aquaf Trust Building, Opposite Gandhi Nagar Hospital, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu -180 email@example.com||0194-17483306 / 2451085 2435279 (F)|
|Shri Ashish Middha DPO Tel. No. 033-22341224||Shri Bibhuti Bhushan Kumar, Regional Passport Officer, 4 Brabourne Road, 1st floor, Kolkata -700 firstname.lastname@example.org||033-22345678 / 22341212 033-22254762 (F)|
|Shri Rahees M Deputy Passport Officer 0495-2768479/2765649||Shri K.P. Madhusoodanan, Regional Passport Officer, Eranhipalam Post, Kozhikode -673 email@example.com||0495-2766936 / 2769139 0495-2765470 (F)|
|Shri Avnish Rastogi DPO 0522-2305128||Shri Peeyush Verma, Regional Passport Officer, Passport Bhawan, Vipin Khand, Gomti Nagar,||firstname.lastname@example.org||0522-2305134 / 2305126 0522-2305129 (F)|
|Ms. K.Usha Senior Superintendent Tel. No. 0452-2520808||Shri S. Manishwara Raja, Regional Passport Officer, Bharathi Ula Veethi, Race Course Road, Madurai -625 email@example.com||0452-2526525 0452-2521204 0452-2522070 (F)|
|Shri H. T. Fulpadia DPO Tel. No. 022-24931731/ 022-24931555||Smt. Swati Kulkarni, Regional Passport Officer, Videsh Bhavan, C-45, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai-400 051,||firstname.lastname@example.org||022-24934973 / 24931731 022-24935275 (F)|
|Shri H. S. Bhishikar Assistant Passport Officer Tel. No. 0712-2510643 2510646||Shri C.L. Gautam, Regional Passport Officer, CGO Complex, B-Block, First Floor, Seminary Hills, Nagpur - 440 email@example.com||0712-2511741 / 2510643 0712-2511740 (F)|
|Shri. Prakash Laxman Patkar Senior Superintendent Tel. No. 0832-2437601||Shri D.K. Sharma, Regional passport Officer, Passport Bhavan, EDC Complex, Patto, Panaji -403 firstname.lastname@example.org||0832-2437601/2437602 0832-2437603 (F)|
|Md. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad, APO Tel. No. 0612-2580959||Shri Praveen Mohan Sahai, Regional Passport Officer, D-Block, Maurya Lok Complex, Patna - 800 email@example.com||0612-2207378 / 2200454 0612-2227972 (F)|
|Shri J.D.Vaishampayan DPO||Shri Atul M Gotsurve, Regional Passport Officer, MSFC Building, 270 Bhamburda, S.B.Marg, Opp. Symbiosis College, Pune - 411 firstname.lastname@example.org||020-25675419 / 25675421 020-25679961 (F)|
|Smt.Sunita Purohit PGO Tel. 0771-2432124/ 2263921||Shri C.P. Yadav, Regional Passport Officer, Ist Floor, Commercial Complex, Sector - 4, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar, Raipur - 492 email@example.com||0771-2263920 / 2263921 0771-2263923 (F)|
|Mr. Bhaskar Seal Assistant Passport Officer 0651-2282088||Shri Sanatan, Regional Passport Officer, 3rd floor, The Galaxia Mall, Near Piska More, Uphaar Cinema Campus, Ratu Road, Ranchi -834 firstname.lastname@example.org||0651-2443607 / 2282030 0651-2282030 (F)|
|Shri Raj Kapoor Assistant Passport Officer 0177-2658648||Shri Ravi Chhawal, Regional Passport Officer, 3rd Floor, Railway Board Building, Near SBI, The Mall, Shimla-171 email@example.com||0177-2650070 / 2652395 0177-2658648 (F)|
|Shri Bipin Kumar Assistant Passport Officer 0194-2500375/371||Shri Vimarsh Aryan, Regional Passport Officer, c/o Hotel Lake Breeze, Boulevard Road, Srinagar -190 firstname.lastname@example.org||0194-2500375 / 2500374/2500173 0194-2500373 (F)|
|Shri Uma N.Bhatkar Assistant Passport Officer||Shri Abhay A.Churi, Regional Passport Officer, Near Grahak Bhawan, Opp. Police Quarters, Umra, Surat -395 email@example.com||0261-2331861/862 0261-2331863 (F)|
|Shri S. Govindaraju Assistant Passport Officer 0431-2707203/2707404||Shri Sundaravadivelu, Regional Passport Officer, Municipal Water Tank Building, W.B.Road, Tiruchirappalli - 620 firstname.lastname@example.org||0431-2706622 / 2707203 0431-2707515 (F)|
|Smt.Latha S. Assistant Passport Officer 0471-2450461||Sh.Ashique Karattil, Regional Passport Officer, SNSM Building, Karalkada Junction, Pettah.P.O., Trivandrum - 695 email@example.com||0471-2460132 / 2573394 0471-2461132 (F)|
|Shri K.K.Misra, Dy.Passport Officer 0891-2745747||Shri N.L.P.Choudhary Passport Officer, Passport Seva Kendra, Hotel Mid-City, Opposite All India Radio, MG Road, Vijayawada - 520010 .||firstname.lastname@example.org||0866 - 2481965 0866-2481966 (F)|
|Shri Kiran Kumar Mishra DPO 0891-2508555/2745747||Shri N.L.P Choudary Near P.F. Office, Beside Rythu Bazar, Marripalem VUDA Layout, NAD Post, Visakhapatnam - 530 email@example.com||0891-2745746/7 0891-2745748 (F)|