Right to Information
Applications seeking information under the RTI Act, 2005 may be sent along with the prescribed fee in Canadian Dollars, equivalent to Indian Rs.10/- in cheque or demand draft favouring High Commission of India, Ottawa. [The rate of exchange for a particular month may be ascertained from the High Commission].
It may be noted that information provided under the Act is available to citizens of India only. Applications should be submitted along with documentary proof of Indian Citizenship (like copy of personal particulars pages of passport.) More information is available at http://rti.gov.in
It may also be pointed out that as per section 6(1) (a) of the RTI Act, 2005, a person who desires to obtain information under the Act is required to submit the application to the Public Information Officer (PIO) of the "concerned public authority". Applicants are, therefore, advised to send their requests under the RTI Act to the High Commission only when the subject matter can reasonably be presumed to pertain to the High Commission. While section 6(3) provides for the transfer of an application by a receiving PIO to another [concerned] PIO, this is clearly meant to cover situations where the application is addressed to a PIO on the assumption that it has been directed to the concerned PIO. Where the information required obviously does not pertain to the High Commission, the application may be addressed to the concerned PIO directly.
In pursuance of Section 4(1)(b) of the RTI Act, 2005, the High Commission of India, Ottawa has designated the following officers as the RTI Public Information Officer and RTI Appellate Authority to deal with the RTI applications from Indian nationals and NRIs working and living in Ottawa :
i)Shri.Mahinder K. Khurana
Counsellor (Com & HOC)
Tele : 613-7441045
E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
ii)Shri Vishwa Nath Goel
Second Secretary (Project & Property)
Public Information Officer
Tele : 613-7440888
The above officers would be available on regular working days of the High Commission during 9.00 AM to 5.30 PM and can be met with prior appointment.