Friday, February 14, 2014

RTI Process gets Further Boost with the Introduction of ‘e-Indian Postal Order’ for all by the Department of Posts

 ‘Locality-Based Pin Code Search Directory’ and Value Addition to ‘e-Post Service’ also Launched* 

 India Post (Dept. of Posts) here today launched electronic Indian Postal Order (e-IPO) for Indian Citizens living in India. Earlier last year the Department had launched the e-IPO on 22nd March, 2013 for Indian Citizens living abroad across the globe to facilitate them for paying online fee for seeking information under the RTI Act, 2005.e-IPO is a facility to purchase an Indian Postal Order electronically for paying RTI fee on-line through e-Post Office Portal or India Post After paying the fee on-line one just need to annex the print-out of the receipt to the RTI application. Launching the service, Smt. P.Gopinath, Secretary, India Post, said that this has been achieved through a concerted and coordinated effort of her Department, N.I.C. and the Department of Personnel and Training. She generated the FIRST e-IPO for Indian Citizens living in India on the occasion and presented it to an RTI activist.  

            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/ her profile for the first time. Both Debit and Credit cards of any Bank powered by Visa/ Master can be used for this purpose.

            Smt. P. Gopinath also  launched two other services on the occasion: (i) Locality-based Pin Code Search Directory and (ii) 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. Today the following value additions to the e-Post service has been done:

(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.
The Secretary, Dept. of Posts, Smt. P. Gopinath addressing at the launch of the value additions to the 3 e- services of the Department, namely e-IPO; e-Post and Locality-based Pin Code Search Directory, in New Delhi on February 13, 2014.

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