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Government will have to request for payment option through foreign card on RTI portal: SBI


State Bank of India said, there is a need to request the government for payment option through foreign card on the RTI portal. In response to the questions asked under RTI of Commodore Lokesh Batra (Retd.), State Bank of India said that SBI Payment Gateway Accepts transactions through foreign cards (Master/Visa cards) of international banks.

New Delhi. state Bank of India (SBI) has said that the Center needs to request for facilitating fee payment through foreign cards on the RTI online portal. Under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the RTI online portal facilitates application filing, first appeal and fee payment. In response to RTI query by Commodore Lokesh Batra (Retd), State Bank of India said that SBI Payment Gateway accepts transactions through foreign cards (Master/Visa cards) of international banks.

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According to the bank’s reply on June 8, “Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Government of India will have to request SBI for overseas card payment on ITI online portal. After enabling the foreign card payment option , the payment can be made using a foreign card.” Batra is currently in the US. He had sought information about the suitability/capability of the RTI online portal for Indian nationals (holding Indian passports)/NRIs residing abroad to facilitate RTI fee payment by foreign banks having payment gateways of State Bank of India. Issued Master/Visa cards can be used.

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“There is no facility for Indians residing abroad to file RTI applications through RTI online portal by paying fees using cards of foreign banks. The government should ensure that this system already available with SBI becomes operational at the earliest.” Batra said that due to non-availability of payment option through cards of foreign banks on the RTI portal, Indians abroad. Citizens/NRIs are unable to exercise their right to obtain information. The RTI Online Portal was launched in 2013 to facilitate online filing of RTI Application/First Appeal with payment gateway. RTI fee can be paid through internet banking of SBI, Debit/Credit card of Master/Visa and Rupay card.

Disclaimer:Prabhasakshi has not edited this news. This news has been published from PTI-language feed.

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