New Delhi, Sept 30 (ANI): RTI activist Commodore (Retired) Lokesh K. Batra said the extended Electronic Indian Postal Order (e-IPO) facility has got formalized on Monday with issue of memo by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
Earlier on September 27, Dept of Posts (DOP) had released the names of 176 Indian, Missions as an extension to e-IPO facility.
Batra said that this is another step forward towards establishing a transparent regime.
In his letter the Secretaries of Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), he proposed the launching of extended e-IPO facility to be made functional before Gandhi Jayanti on October 2.
"We like to express our gratitude to you all for not only accepting the proposal but also making it happen in record time. For this to happen, concerned officials of each Ministry/Department and NIC (DOP) deserve kudos for a well coordinated effort," he said.
He further said that with addition of above 176 Public Authorities, eIPO facility will cover about 2,530 Public Authorities in India and abroad under Central Ministries, Departments, UTs and NCT Delhi, and added that this is a huge achievement of our Government.
Commodore (Retd) Batra also pressed for e-IPO awareness campaign and said that though e-IPO facility was launched on 22 March 2013, except for media stories, there was little awareness among Indian citizens abroad and including Indian Missions.
"An awareness campaign for e-IPO facility was launched on 5 July 2013 starting with my letter to Hon'ble Minister (MOIA) and later to MEA. Both Ministries provide complete support to the idea and issued advisories to the Heads of all Indian Missions on 23 July (MOIA) and 02 August (MEA) respectively," he wrote in his letter.
"I humbly propose to the Secretary (P) to consider extending the existing e-IPO facility that covers about 2530 Public Authorities in India and abroad for our Citizens living in India also," he added.(ANI)