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Indian Postal Order and eIPO for RTI Application Fees

You can now pay RTI Fees through eIPO i.e. online, without having to purchase a physical IPO from the post office. See below for more.

What is an Indian Postal Order?

An Indian Postal Order is a useful way of sending and receiving small amounts of money from / to any corner of India.

The Indian Postal Order is especially useful in making payments for an application under the Right to Information Act, to make a payment to the Authority you are seeking information from.

An Indian Postal Order can be used only for making RTI payment to a Central Government Department. For State Government Departments, see their RTI Rules. Eg: In Maharashtra, Court Fee Stamps are accepted.

This article will help you understand how to purchase, fill and submit the Postal Order, along with your RTI Application.

Where is the Indian Postal Order available for purchase?

The IPO can be purchased from any Head or Sub-Post Office in India or any post office specially authorized for this purpose. This includes Army Post Offices.

You can also search for a post office through this link: http://www.indiapost.gov.in/Pin/

What are the denominations available for purchase?

The IPO is available in 6 denominations. You need to pay a commission amount on the IPO’s purchased by you.

  • Rs. 0.50
  • Re. 1
  • Rs. 2
  • Rs. 5
  • Rs. 7
  • Rs. 10
  • Rs. 20
  • Rs. 50
  • Rs. 100

Commission Rates:

  • upto Rs. 10 = Re. 1
  • upto Rs. 20 = Rs. 2
  • upto Rs. 30 = Rs. 3
  • upto Rs. 40 = Rs. 4
  • upto Rs. 50 = Rs. 5
  • upto Rs. 100 = Rs. 10
RTI Applicants must check the fee amount they need to pay. It is usually Rs. 10/- per application, but you must verify the latest applicable fees.

What details are to be written on the IPO?

You need to fill in:

  • Name of the Payee (person to whom the payment is to be made)
  • Office of Payment (Post Office which is most convenient to the Payee. If not known then district, town or city maybe specified. It is not mandatory to put this in, but is useful if the IPO is lost)
Also fill in the same details on the counterfoil.
Tear the counterfoil and keep it, before you submit the IPO with the application.
For RTI Applications, if you are unaware of what details to write, leave the IPO Blank, but mention the IPO Number within your application letter.
It would also be useful to take a photocopy of the IPO, before sending.

For how long is the IPO valid?

The IPO is valid for a period of 6 months.

The 6 month period is calculated from the last date of the month in which it was issued.

Eg: If the IPO was issued on 5-Jan-2011, then it will be valid for 6 months from 31-Jan-2011.

The IPO can be renewed beyond this period of 6 months, for an additional 6 months, by paying the commission amount due on it.

How can I encash the postal order?

The IPO must be within the duration specified above, it must contain the payees name and the Post Office name.

To encash the valid postal order, it must be presented at the counter of the Post Office mentioned, by the payee himself.

Can I cancel the IPO?

Yes. You can return the IPO to the same Post Office from where it was issued. You will get a refund of the entire amount of the IPO, not the commission amount.

What is an eIPO?

Gazetted Officers in India

At various times in our life, we need to hunt for Gazetted Officers, to attest our mark sheets and academic or financial documents.

This article gives you a brief idea of whom you can approach for the attestation.

—–THE DOCUMENT IS FOR REFERENCE ONLY. PLEASE RE-CHECK YOUR REQUIREMENTS AND THE AUTHORITY OF THE PERSON WHOM YOU ARE GETTING THE DOCUMENTS ATTESTED FROM. THIS ARTICLE IS BEING CONSTANTLY UPDATED.—-

Who is a gazetted officer?

What authority does the gazetted officer have?

List of Gazetted Officers:

 Organisation

 Gazetted Officer

Educational Insitutes

  • Lecturer in a Govt. College (1)
  • Principal of a Govt. College (1)
  • Head Master of a Govt. School
  • Readers in a Govt. University
  • Librarians of Govt. Libraries

Defence

  • Technical Officer

Police

  • Addl. Commissioner or Deputy Superintendent and above (3 stars and above)
Refer to this page to identify a gazetted police officer by his shoulder insignia.

Medical Officers

  • District Medical Officer and above (Eg: District Malaria Officer)
  • Director / Jt. Director / Asst. Director of a Govt. Health Institute

Administrative / Executive Officers

  • Tahsildar
  • (Railway Station Master – not verified)
  • Collector

Scientific Officers

  • Director / Jt. Director / Asst. Director of a Govt. Research Institute
  • Scientists of DRDO / NPL / BARC
  • Jr. Works Managers and above (Group ‘B’ Gazetted Officers) Ordinance Factory

Municipality

  •  Municipal Commissioner

Bad Road Condition Complaint System In Mumbai

This article deals with successfully complaining about potholes, melting roads, broken footpaths and all other problems related to the road conditions in Mumbai City.

Updated: 14-Dec-2017

Mumbai Road Complaint Public Notice in Marathi

Mumbai Road Complaint Public Notice in Marathi

Which governmental authorities are responsible for maintenance of roads in Mumbai?

Road maintenance is the primary responsibility of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM). However, there are other authorities who also are responsible for maintenance of roads (carriage-ways).

This includes:

  • MMRDA
  • Mumbai Port Trust
  • MSRDC
  • Various Public-Private Partnerships

How does a citizen complain about bad roads in Mumbai?

Legal Aid Services

A citizen can complain to the Maharashtra Legal Services Authority (which has been appointed as the Nodal Office) to take complaints for bad roads in Mumbai

As per the Public Notice given above, a citizen can complain to the Maharashtra Legal Services Authority (which has been appointed as the Nodal Office) in any one of the following ways:

  • By email sent to [email protected]
  • By post or hand delivery to
    The Member Secretary,
    Maharashtra Legal Services Authority,
    105, High Court, (PWD Building), Fort, Mumbai 400032.

Is there a format for making complaints?

No there is no format for complaints.

However it would be ideal for your letter or email to contain the following details:


To: [email protected]
Subject: Bad Road Condition Complaint for ________________(Road Name or Location)
Road Location: (Location of the bad patch or where repairs are required)
Pincode:
MCGM Ward: (if you know the ward under which the road comes
Problem with the road: (in brief)
Road Condition: (Bad / Very Bad / Highly Dangerous etc.)
Remarks:


To:

[email protected]

Subject:

Bad Road Condition Complaint for ________________(Road Name or Location)

Body:

Bad Road Condition Complaint Details as per Public Notice dated 7th Sept 2017
 
Road Location:
Merewether Road / BK Boman Behram Marg, Colaba, Behind The Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba
Pincode:
400001
MCGM Ward:
A Ward
Problem with the road:
Potholes, bumps, portion around manholes is damaged, topping of the entire road is coming off
Road Condition:
Highly dangerous for motorists

Remarks:

This road has been in this condition since over 2 years now. It appears to be worse than the surface of the moon.

Do acknowledge this complaint and kindly provide me a complaint number for follow up.


Thanks,(Your Name)

What type of complaints can be made regarding bad roads?

You can complain about any aspect related to bad road conditions, which includes:

  • Broken manhole covers
  • Misaligned gutters
  • Unauthorized speed breakers
  • Broken or damaged speed humps
  • Absent or improper speed breaker signage
  • Broken median or road dividers
  • Uneven of out of level paver blocks
  • Bad patch work for road repairs
  • Melting roads
  • Broken footpath or pavements
  • Slippery road
  • Excessive gradient
  • Broken bridges

How effective is this mechanism for complaining about bad roads?

As of December 2017, this mechanism for road complaints is extremely effective as the whole complaint process is monitored by the Maharashtra State Legal Services Authority. Hence all responses have to be given in a time bound and systematic manner.

A few email responses  to complaints are given here.

What is Suo Motu PIL No. 71 of 2013 of the Bombay High Court?

Suo Motu PIL No. 71 of 2013 was a Public Interest Litigation which the High Court instituted on its own, without any particular citizen or aggrieved party coming forward to complain about the bad road conditions specifically.

Here is a list of recent orders in the matter:

8-11-2017
3-8-2017
10-3-2017

This article is being constantly updated.

 

 

What is the Index II or Index 2 / सूची क्र. २ Document?

This article explains what the Index – II or Index 2 document means when Registering a Document or referring to a document which has been registered.

What is Index II?

Index II is the summary of any document Registered with the Sub-Registrar of Assurances in India. It is also known as नोंदणी  – सूची क्र. २

Why is Index II named so?

The Index No. II is named so because the Registration Act 1908 requires the preparation and maintenance of a number of Indexes for the purpose of record keeping in the Registrars office.

As per section 55 of the Registration Act, 1908:

55. Indexes to be made by registering officers, and their contents

 

(3) Index No. II shall contain such particulars mentioned in section 21 relating to every such document and memorandum as the Inspector-General from time to time directs in that behalf.

Are there more Indexes besides Index No. II? What do the other Indexes contains?

Yes. There are 4 Indexes to be made and kept at the registration offices.

As per section 55 of the Registration Act, 1908:

55. Indexes to be made by registering officers, and their contents

(1) Four such indexes shall be made in all registration offices, and shall be named, respectively, Index No. I, Index No. II, Index No. III and Index No. IV.

(2) Index No. I shall contain the names and additions of all persons executing and of all persons claiming under every document entered or memorandum filed in Book No. 1.

(3) Index No. II shall contain such particulars mentioned in section 21 relating to every such document and memorandum as the Inspector-General from time to time directs in that behalf.

(4) Index No. III shall contain the names and additions of all persons executing every will and authority entered in Book No. 3, and of the executors and persons respectively appointed thereunder, and after the death of the testator or the donor (but not before) the names and additions of all persons claiming under the same.

(5) Index No. IV shall contain the names and additions of all persons executing and of all persons claiming under every document entered in Book No. 4.

(6 )….

Is the Index II a public document?

Yes. Like any registered document, the Index – II is also a public document and a certified copy is available to any member of the public upon payment of fees and making an application.

How can we get the Index II of a registered document in Maharashtra?

 

What information does the Index II document contain?

The Index No. II contains the following details of a registered document:

  • Registration Date
  • Registration Office Name: Eg. दुय्यम निबंधक / Sub Registrar Mumbai City 1 (Fort)
  • Document Registration Number / दस्त क्रमांक
  • 1. Document Type / विलेखाचा प्रकार Eg: Leave and License / Deed of Transfer
  • 2. Document Value or Deposit or Downpayment / मोबदला
  • 3. Total Transaction Value / Market Value
  • 4. Particulars of the Property in detail
  • 5. Total Area of Property
  • 6. Assessment of Division or Joint Property (if applicable)
  • 7. Names of Persons of the First Part executing the document or presenting the document or Details of Court order etc. (This would be the Seller or Licensor or Landlord etc. )
  • 8. Names of Persons of the Other Part executing the document or presenting the document or Details of Court order etc. (This would be the Buyer or License or Tenant etc.
  • 9. Date of Execution of the Document
  • 10. Date of Registration of the Document
  • 11. Section and Page in the Register / खंड पृष्ठ
  • 12. Stamp Duty based on the market value
  • 13. Registration Fee based on the market value
Sample of an Index II for a Registered Document

Sample of an Index II for a Registered Document

What can the Index II be used for? Where is the Index 2 used?

The Index II and its certified copies serve as Evidence of Registration of the Document. Without disclosing any clauses or conditions in the document, the Index 2 summarizes the transaction and details of property mentioned in the Registered Document.

The Index 2 is used as proof to show transfer deed execution or to confirm the legitimacy of the execution of a registered document.

It is used at the time of Mortgage / Loan / Sale / Transfer etc.  to show the completion of the Transfer of Immovable Property as per the Transfer of Property Act.

The Registration of a Document or the Index II does not show the validity of the contents of the document or the legitimacy of the truth of the facts stated in it. It is merely a proof that such a document was presented for registration and was registered.

Is it safe to give my property agent or Society office a copy of the Index II document?

Yes it is quite safe to give a copy of the Index II document as it is a public document and can be obtained by any person.

Maharashtra Real Estate Regulation Act and MahaRERA Rules

This article helps the common man use the MahaRERA system to find information about real estate construction projects in Maharashtra.

What is the meaning of MahaRERA?

From when does MahaRERA come into effect?

What are the common issues which the MahaRERA law deals with?

Which are the RERA and related laws in Maharashtra?

Law Purpose
Maharashtra Real Estate (Regulation and Development)(Registration of Real Estate Projects, Registration of Real Estate Agents, Rates of Interest and Disclosures on Website) Rules, 2017
Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority, Officers and Employees (Appointment and Service Conditions) Rules, 2017
Maharashtra Real Estate (Regulation and Development) (Recovery of Interest, Penalty, Compensation, Fine payable, Forms of Complaints and Appeal, etc.) Rules, 2017
Maharashtra Real Estate Appellate Tribunal, Officers and Employees (Appointment and Service Conditions) Rules, 2017
Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (Form of Annual Statement of Accounts and Annual Report ) Rules, 2017
The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (General) Regulations, 2017
The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (Recruitment and Conditions of Service of Employees) Regulation, 2017
Charges for accessing MahaRERA web-based Application for registration of project and real estate agents, extension of registration for projects and real estate agents including updating website, database management and maintenance under regulation 48 of the MahaRERA General Regulations, 2017

Where is the MahaRERA Headquarters?

The MahaRERA headquarters are in Mumbai at:

Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority
3rd Floor, A-Wing, Slum Rehabilitation Authority,
Administrative Building, Anant Kanekar Marg,
Bandra (E), Mumbai 400051

What information is available to the Public using the MahaRERA website?

Here is a list of the details available on the MahaRERA Website under the

MahaRERA Application

General Information

  • Information Type = Project Type i.e. Residential / Commercial etc.
  • Organization Name
  • Organization Type
  • Company Description For Other Type Organization
  • Do you have any Past Experience?
  • Address Details
  • Organization Contact Details

Past Experience Details

  • Sr.No.
  • Project Name
  • Type of Project
  • Others
  • Land Area(In Sq mtrs)
  • Address
  • CTS Number
  • Number of Buildings/Plot
  • Number of Apartments
  • Original Proposed Date of Completion

Member Information = Information of Company Members / Directors

  • Member Name
  • Designation
  • Photo

Project Details

  • Project Name
  • Project Status = On-Going / Completed Project
  • Proposed Date of Completion
  • Revised Proposed Date of Completion
  • Litigations related to the project ? = See below for details
  • Project Type = Residential / Commercial
  • Are there any Co-Promoters (as defined by MahaRERA Order) in the project ?
  • Plot Bearing No / CTS no / Survey Number/Final Plot no.
  • Boundaries East
  • Boundaries West
  • Boundaries North
  • Boundaries South
  • State/UT
  • Division
  • District
  • Taluka
  • Village
  • Pin Code
  • Area(In sqmts)
  • Total Building Count
  • Sanctioned Buildings Count
  • Proposed But Not Sanctioned Buildings Count
  • Aggregate area(In sqmts) of recreational open space
  • FSI Details
  • Built-up-Area as per Proposed FSI (In sqmts) ( Proposed but not sanctioned) ( As soon as approved, should be immediately updated in Approved FSI)
  • Built-up-Area as per Approved FSI (In sqmts)
  • Total FSI

Co-Promoter Details

  • Project Name
  • Promoter Name
  • Co-Promoter Type
  • Type of Agreement/ Arrangement
  • Office Number
  • Other Details

Project Details

  • Proposed
  • Booked
  • WorkDone(In %)

Eg: Number of Garages ( In Numbers) / Covered Parking ( In Numbers)

Development Work

Common areas And Facilities, Amenities Available Percent Details

  • Internal Roads & Footpaths
  • Water Supply  Eg: Fresh Water Supply from MCGM
  • Sewerage (Chamber, Lines, Septic Tank , STP)
  • Storm Water Drains
  • Landscaping & Tree Planting Eg: Proposed on Top of Podium
  • Street Lighting
  • Community Buildings
  • Treatment And Disposal Of Sewage And Sullage Wate Through STP
  • Solid Waste Management And Disposal
  • Water Conservation, Rain water Harvesting
  • Harvesting Tank
  • Energy management
  • Fire Protection And Fire Safety Requirements Eg: As per CFO Norms
  • Electrical Meter Room, Sub-Station, Receiving Station
  • Aggregate area of recreational Open Space
  • Open Parking

Building Details

  • Sr.No.
  • Project Name
  • Number of Basement’s
  • Number of Plinth
  • Number of Podium’s
  • Number of Slab of Super Structure
  • Number of Stilts
  • Number of Open Parking
  • Number of Closed Parking