More than a year after the Municipal Corporation of Delhi was trifurcated, the three civic bodies have still not been able to re-start the provision of filing RTIs online.
The contrast is even more apparent in the wake of the government of India’s new portal to accept online RTI queries for central ministries and departments last week.
When it began in June 2011, the erstwhile MCD was probably the first civic body to start accepting online applications under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The unified MCD had been the recipient of the highest number of RTI applications going by its presence ‘from cradle to the cremation ground’ in the life of Delhiites, be it a birth certificate, property tax or even death certificate.
The online RTI filing provision was also important then, especially after the Central Information Commission repeatedly pulled up civic officials for not providing information on time. Penalties had also been slapped on erring officials.
After trifurcation, the unified MCD’s website has had a provision of directing all queries to South, North or East Delhi Municipal Corporations, respectively. However, work on several provisions, including the RTI, has not been completed.
YS Mann, director (press and information), North Corporation said, “We are in the process of trifurcating the web portal. Once this happens, citizens can file RTIs online.”
The company that managed the portal for the unified MCD is working for its trifurcation too. Mann said it would still take about 3-4 months for the process to be over.