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Ludhiana

Seven city colleges fail to comply with RTI guidelines
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Ludhiana, August 29, 2013
First Published: 21:05 IST(29/8/2013)
Last Updated: 21:07 IST(29/8/2013)

Showing scant regard to the Right to Information Act, seven colleges have failed to comply with its major provisions.


The erring colleges are Government College for Girls, SCD Government College, Khalsa College for Women, GGN Khalsa College, Ramgarhia Girls College, Arya College and Malwa Central College of Education for Women.

Under the RTI Act, an institution is a "public authority" if the centre or state government directly funds it. These colleges fall under the ambit of this act, but have failed to comply with the mandatory directions of the act, which makes it compulsory for colleges to "carry suo moto declarations of the information covered under various sub sections of section 4 (1)(b) of the RTI Act within 120 days of the implementation of the act."

However, eight years after the act was implemented for better governance, the colleges are yet to declare the suo moto information on their website.

Under section 4 (1) (b), the colleges must declare on their website the information, such as particulars of their organisations, functions, duties, the procedure in decision making, rules, regulations, manuals, records, employees information, statement of the documents and records under it, statements of boards, monthly remuneration of employees, budget, expenditure reports, permits, organisations, particulars of facilities for citizens like timings of library if maintained for public use, names and designations of public information officers and such other information as may be prescribed and thereafter update these publications every year, as per the act.

Though Government College for Girls has updated the RTI column on their website (gcgldh.org) with definitions of section 2 (i) (f)(j), procedure for receiving information (services offered), appeal by the applicant and appellate authority and public information officer, but there is no mention about the section 4 (1) (b).

Arya College has only updated the names of information officers, while no other information is updated on the college website.

However, colleges like SCD Government College, Khalsa College for Women, GGN Khalsa College, Ramgarhia Girls College, and Malwa Central College of Education for Women have no mention of the RTI column on the college website.

Talking to Hindustan Times, RTI activist Rohit Sabharwal said, "I filed a complaint with the Punjab State Information Commission, Chandigarh on, July 14 about Government College for Girls violating the basic tenets of the RTI Act, and not complying with the mandatory provisions of section 4 (1)(b) of the RTI Act, 2005. The commission has fixed the hearing of this case on September 6 before Satinder Pal Singh, state information commissioner, Punjab through videoconference facility at the office of Ludhiana deputy commissioner."

Principals speak:

We have formed a RTI Committee and I will make sure that the details on RTI are updated on our college website by Friday.

Rajinder Singh, principal, SCD Government College

We have a column on the college website for RTI and we keep updating the website with the latest details. The college website now opens with gcg.org as the earlier website of the college gcwldh.com is not working.

Gurminder Kaur, principal of GCG

I will update the information regarding RTI on the website as soon as possible.

Narinder Sandhu, principal of Ramgarhia Girls College

I will look into it and the information will be updated at the earliest.

Dr Gurdev Singh, principal of GGN Khalsa College

I will check the college website and will get it done.

RC Tejpal, principal of Arya College

We will update all RTI information on the college website as we have appointed a person to deal with the RTI matters two years back.

Varinder Kaur Thind, principal of Khalsa College for Women

We will update the college website with the RTI information soon.

Ravinder Kaur, principal of Malwa Central College of Education for women


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