Sunday, February 16, 2014

India Post extends e-postal order facility for RTI pleas to citizens living in India

Dear Comrades,

India Post has launched the electronic Indian Postal Order (e-IPO) facility, which can be used for paying online fees for filing applications under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, for Indian citizens living in India.
The Department had launched the e-IPO facility on March 22, 2013 for Indian citizens living across the globe.
An official press release said the e-IPO is a facility to purchase an Indian Postal Order electronically for paying RTI fee online through e-Post Office or India Post website . 
After paying the fee online, the applicant just needs to annex the print-out of the receipt to the RTI application. 
India Post Secretary P Gopinath generated the first e-IPO on the occasion and presented it to an RTI activist.
She said the service was the result of the concerted and coordinated effort of her Department, NIC and the Department of Personnel and Training. 
Under this service, the applicant needs to register at e-Post Office portal of India Post or through India Post web site (where a link for e-Post Office has been provided) to create his or her profile for the first time. Both debit and credit cards of any bank powered by Visa or Master can be used for this purpose.
Ms Gopinath also launched two other services on the occasion: Locality-based Pin Code Search Directory and Value addition to e-Post service.
Locality Based Pin Code Search Directory will facilitate the public to locate Pin Code up to locality level for usage of correct Pin Code on their mail articles, thereby helping in expediting mail processing. This facility can be accessed through India Post web-site. 
Presently, ‘e-Post’ facilitates the customer to send their messages to any address in India with a combination of electronic transmission and physical delivery through a network of almost 1,55,000 Post Offices.  In addition, corporate customers can also avail e-Post facility at special rates and other value additions
The following value additions have been now made to the e-Post service: 
(i)         Many to One : This facilitates sending of same ePost message from many senders to one recipient on recipient’s email box; and
(ii)        One to many  : This facilitates sending of same ePost message from a sender to multiple recipients on recipient’s email inbox.
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