Modi government issues clarification on security certificate of RTI portal

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A news item titled ‘Security Certificate of RTI Portal Expires’ that appeared in a section of the press today has got the Modi government’s attention. In the said article, the following main points  raised:

(i) It has been quoted that the there is a problem with the website for past two weeks

(ii) Security certificate for the RTI online portal has expired

(iii) Data security is at risk so the personal information of the applicant is not secured

(iv) The applicants are unable to pay Rs. 10/- as RTI fee through online portal as the payment gateway is not functioning

(v) Besides these, other technical issues have been raised

I a press note the Narendra Modi government said:

“It is hereby clarified that the renewal of the Security Certificate has already been applied for and is under process. Necessary payment has been made and procedural formalities have already been completed by the Department of Personnel & Training. It may further be clarified that the RTI online portal is functional and payment gateway is also accepting RTI fee from the applicants. ”

The press note issued by the Modi government also reassured”

“There has been no problem whatsoever in accessing the portal by the citizen/applicant. Data security is also not at risk. The portal is running successfully.”