Press Esc to close
Monday 02 May 2016
News updated at 8:59 AM IST
Weather
Max: 36.6°C
Min : 24.4°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

State-level panel to streamline RTI regime

Srinivas Sirnoorkar, GULBARGA, Dec 4, 2012, DHNS :

The government has constituted a state-level committee (SLC), headed by additional chief secretary, to strengthen, streamline and periodically review the Right to Information (RTI) regime.

The government has taken such a measure following a large number of complaints from the stakeholders over “improper and ineffective” implementation of the RTI Act.

Principal Secretary, department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms, will be the convener of the SLC, while principal secretaries/secretaries of departments concerned, heads of departments, boards, corporations, authorities, will be its members.

The committee will meet at least once in two months and review the general functioning of the RTI regime, including applications received, their disposal, pendency and the reasons for pendency; review the functions and responsibilities of the appellate authorities and ensure that all the public authorities make suo motu declaration of basic information for public knowledge.

The committee will review implementation of RTI Act; scientific handling of files through computerisation; implementation of the Karnataka Public Records Act.
It will also review information posted on the websites of public authorities and see to it that the information is updated evey year before October 30 and, made available for people.

The SLC will also review whether the first appellate authorities are conducting hearings and disposing the appeals in time; parting with information within the required time and the reasons for not furnishing the information within the specified time.

It will also look into any other issues, problems and proposals relating to the implementation of the RTI Act and, place them before the high-level committee constituted in this regard under the chairmanship of the chief secretary to the state government.

The Karnataka Information Commission has made some adverse remarks on public information officers of public authorities and appellate authorities for their inept handling of the applications filed by members of public.

Besides, the government has noticed that even seven years after the implementation of the RTI Act, many public authorities have not yet made suo motu disclosure as required under the Section 4(1) (a) and 4(1) (b) on their functioning. They have not placed the basic information about holding of files, nature of their disposal and related information on the public domain through their websites.

This has forced RTI users to approach the authorities, seeking information.They have complained of the difficulties they are facing in getting information. Several NGOs, organisations and activists have filed complaints in this regard.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Bollywood Actors Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor during promotion of their film Baaghi...

Bollywood Actors Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor during promotion of their film Baaghi...

Narendra Modi rides in an E rickshaw during distribution of E rickshaws in Varanasi...

Narendra Modi rides in an E rickshaw during distribution of E rickshaws in Varanasi...

RCB Skipper Virat Kohli with teamate Chris Gayle during an event at a mall in Bengaluru...

RCB Skipper Virat Kohli with teamate Chris Gayle during an event at a mall in Bengaluru...

A potter makes small earthen pots on International Labor Day, on the outskirts of Ajmer...

A potter makes small earthen pots on International Labor Day, on the outskirts of Ajmer...

Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan poses with newly wed couple Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh...

Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan poses with newly wed couple Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh...

A Mirage appears on the Rajpath as the mercury rises in New Delhi on Sunday...

A Mirage appears on the Rajpath as the mercury rises in New Delhi on Sunday...

eam Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez of Mexico, right, and Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg...

eam Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez of Mexico, right, and Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg...

A boy admires plastic balls put up for sale at India Gate lawns in New Delhi on Sunday...

A boy admires plastic balls put up for sale at India Gate lawns in New Delhi on Sunday...

Indian Air Force Helicopter collects water from Koteshwar dam during the rescue operation...

Indian Air Force Helicopter collects water from Koteshwar dam during the rescue operation...

Children enjoy in the waters of a fountain to beat the heat at India Gate as the mercury rises...

Children enjoy in the waters of a fountain to beat the heat at India Gate as the mercury rises...