Hi people. I was away on a vacation and just got back today. I have so many stories to share, which I will do in subsequent posts :). Today, I want to share my story about my success with RTI. I finally got my passport reissued after 6 months of applying.
You can read these posts if you wish to read about how I went about renewing my passport
My documents were in order, and my passport got delayed for no fault of mine. I wrote to Bangalore Police Commissioner and Ministry of External Affairs, but my file got moving only after I filed my first RTI wanting to know about the delay in my Police verification. After receiving the RTI application at their end, my police verification procedure file got moving. But, then the Passport authorities went sleeping on it. So, a month later I filed two more RTIs — one to the Bangalore Passport Office and another to MEA, Delhi. Within one week of sending the RTI applications, my passport gets ready and is dispatched to my house!
It is a great tool in the hands of those of us who are harassed by public servants, bureaucrats, and government agencies. Those of you who want to get their passports reissued — don’t bribe, go for RTI. It is a very simple procedure. I would be glad to guide anyone who requires help. There was a great article in Outlook magazine about the success of RTI Act. Do read it here