The State Information Commission (SIC) has directed the MP state general administration department (GAD) to ensure that all the government departments submit report on implementation of Right to Information (RTI) norms to the commission as required under section 25 of the RTI Act.
The commission has observed that government departments are failing to submit the annual reports on RTI implementation, which is creating hindrance in the commission’s own compilation of reports.
The SIC is expected to come out with annual reports on RTI status which would be tabled in the state assembly.
In a recently issued order, information commissioner Heeralal Trivedi observed that during an exercise to compile reports he had found reports from the some departments were missing, which was a violation of provisions of Section 25 of the RTI Act.
“We have directed the general administration department to send out circular to all government departments asking them to submit reports on implementation of RTI by all agencies/public authorities under their respective purviews to the commission,” Trivedi said, while speaking to HT.
The GAD has been asked to present a report on the action taken to the commission within four weeks after the order was issued (May 20).
Govt aided NGOs told to implement RTI guidelines
Meanwhile, the GAD has directed all government departments as well as officials at divisional and district levels across the state to ensure implementation of RTI norms by non-government organisations (NGOs) which get over `50,000 government grant.
Deputy secretary of GAD, Rajesh Kaul, has sent out a letter reiterating the fact that the substantially financed NGOs fall in the category of public authorities under the RTI Act.
These NGOs should thus take steps for voluntary disclosure of their activities and appoint public information officers/first appellate authorities according to norms, he said.
Kaul said these officials should also be provided requisite training. The government departments are also to ensure that while providing grant to any NGO, the clause of mandatory implementation of RTI norms should be mentioned in the agreement, he said.
The deputy secretary has mentioned in the letter that the SIC has been receiving complaints that many NGOs were not implementing the RTI norms.