Advertisement

HindustanTimes Tue,16 Sep 2014

EC in a fix as RTI files to go online

Aloke Tikku, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 08, 2013
First Published: 01:05 IST(8/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:06 IST(8/2/2013)

It is a small step that can add up to a big change.

Advertisement

A government department has started putting online important policy files relating to the right to information law, beginning with documents that provide an insight into selection of central information commissioners.

“We have received approval to upload all important files on the site — persmin.nic.in — once the final decision has been taken and the matter is closed,” an official at the RTI wing of the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) said.

The department that oversees implementation of the information law had last month come under fire from the Central Information Commission (CIC) for delayed responses on an appeal filed by HT.

The CIC had then suggested the public information officer to take directions from his superiors to upload important files to reduce the spate of RTI pleas.

Incidentally, the commission has in the past advised public authorities to put out information released under the information law on its website to reduce their workload. But the suggestion was never taken up.

But the DoPT isn’t the only one. The Election Commission too is set to debate the feasibility of putting out its decisions on the scores of complaints filed during elections on the CIC’s directions.

The commission had initially refused to provide this information to a Gurgaon businessman Aseem Takyar,.

Satyananda Mishra, who leads the information watchdog, didn’t stop at giving Takyar the right to inspect the files.

Mishra said:“If such information is made available on the website... it would help educate the people about those who contest polls and lead to the selection of the right candidate”. The panel asked EC to devise a practical system to upload the documents.

Retired naval officer Lokesh Batra said such steps were in the right direction, given the poor track record of the government to make proactive disclosures mandated under the law.


Advertisement
more from New Delhi

Whodunit: Removing HT market copies to win ‘morning challenge’?

As the strongest and the largest read newspaper of Delhi NCR, HT is used to facing challenges from various quarters. But, over the last few days, HT has been confronting a peculiar challenge: readers complaining about copies not reaching them.

Advertisement
Most Popular
Advertisement
Advertisement
Copyright © 2014 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved