The Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 was enacted by The Government of India and came into effect from October 12, 2005. The RTI act empowers Indian citizens to access information under the control of public authorities in order to promote transparency and accountability in these organisations. The RTI act also provides for appointment of a Chief Public Information Officer (PIO) to deal with requests for information.
Indian passport applicants desiring to obtain information from the Central Passport Organization (CPO) or the Consular, Passport and Visa (CPV) Division of The Ministry of External Affairs, may make an application to the Public Information Officer (PIO) assigned to the concerned Regional Passport Office. You can find complete details of the Right to Information Act at http://righttoinformation.gov.in
Key points aobut RTI to keep in mind:
Make a request to the Chief Public Information Officer/Public Information Officer, preferably in the prescribed application format, in writing or through electronic means.
The RTI application must be accompanied by prescribed application fee drawn in favour of Accounts Officer, The Ministry of External Affairs payable at New Delhi, or the Regional Passport Officer, payable at the place where the application is being submitted.
In case it is decided to provide the information, the applicant shall be informed of any additional fees required to obtain the information.
In case the applicant does not receive a decision within the time specified in the act, or is aggrieved by a decision of the PIO, as the case may be, may within thirty days from the expiry of such period from the receipt of such a decision, prefer an appeal to the Departmental Appellate Authority.
Learn more about Right to Information Act (RTI): http://www.passportindia.gov.in/apponlineproject/pdf/RTI.pdf