Karnataka to launch online portal today to deal with RTI applications

Bengaluru: Henceforth, applying for the information to various government departments is just a click away, as the Karnataka government is launching an online portal today, to turn the Right to Information (RTI) process into an online procedure.

The applicants will get information via email. An online RTI process will be like the Sakala service of the government. However, when it is charged Rs 10 in the submission of application physically, here it costs Rs 13. Rs 3 extra is charged as a transaction fee. The portal will have department-wise options for applicants in the districts and taluks.

The application, filed through a web portal, will electronically reach a nodal officer, who will transmit the RTI application electronically to the public information officer concerned. The applicant will get text messages and email alerts on the status of the application. Payment is also online, and will save the applicant a great deal of time, The New Indian Express reported.

The department has appointed a nodal official in each district who will direct officials to provide information online. This also means that one need not run from pillar to post to file an application, and can get all details through email. This has been done as per the Supreme Court direction and is also an attempt to go paperless.

The process is applicable for the revenue, home, labour, urban development, rural development and panchayat raj, PWD, and food and civil services department. In the coming days, it will be Aadhaar-enabled — the applicant has to enter the Aadhaar number and an OTP is sent to the applicant’s phone and acts as an e-signature. This is to avoid misuse as the entire process is online like filing an application in someone else’s name.

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