To make filing Right to Information (RTI) application online, the India’s Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah has advocated allowing credit cards for submitting the fees with the government departments.
“With internet penetration improving, we have to look at new ways for filing RTI applications including payment through credit card,” he told HT, after inaugurating a Central Information Commission portal for filing complaints and second appeals online.
The new portal is disabled-friendly for lodging complaints and appeals. The new web page will help applicants file the complaint and second appeals online along with all the attachments in digital form.
The system will work in tandem with the manual one where RTI applicants send their complaints and appeal through postal mails.
The new website www.rti.india.gov.in has been designed in such a way by National Informatics Centre that even the visually challenged can hear the instructions and details on the portal through speakers in their computers.
“With the help of screen reader, any visually challenged person can go through the entire web site. The system will prompt them to file the details and read out the instructions to them. It has been designed keeping the latest international guidelines for such web portals,” Neeta Verma, Senior Technical Director with NIC said.