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PGI makes mockery of RTI Act

The premier medical institute Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is violating the RTI Act by not making disclosure of the information on its website, which is mandatory under the Act.

chandigarh Updated: Mar 04, 2012 20:59 IST

The premier medical institute Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is violating the RTI Act by not making disclosure of the information on its website, which is mandatory under the Act.

As per the section 4(1) (b) of the RTI Act, all the public authorities are required to follow the clause of suo motu disclosure. Under this section, every public authority should make 17 documents available on its website and in the library.

These documents include, "a statement of the boards, councils, committees and other bodies consisting of two or more persons constituted as its part or for the purpose of consultation, and as to whether meetings of those boards, councils, committees and other bodies are open to the public, or the minutes of such meetings are accessible to the public".

The PGIMER is only making part of the information available. The institute has never made the proceedings of its governing body and institute body or other standing committees freely available on its website or the library.

The same is the case with the details of its budgetary allocation to each of its agencies, indicating the particulars of all plans, proposed expenditures and reports on disbursements made.

As per the Act, the afore-mentioned certified copies of the 17 documents should be available at the library reading room in the working hours and in electronic form on the website.

The PGIMER also requires to put minutes of all governing body and institute body meetings on its website, the practice which the institute has never followed.

Even PGIMER employees' union leaders raised the suo motu disclosure issue in June 2011 before Dr Amod Gupta, dean, PGIMER, who was appellant authority of the institute at that time. "The authorities assured us that the information will be available on the website but nothing has happened," said Ashwani Munjal, chairman, PGIMER Employees' Union.

"Why do we have to waste time and pay money for the information, which should be available freely on the website and library," said Munjal.

When contacted, Manju Wadwalkar, official spokesperson PGIMER said, "We are in the process of uploading the documents on the website."