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Soon, online update of Delhi assembly proceedings

delhi Updated: Oct 09, 2012 00:06 IST
Nivedita Khandekar
Nivedita Khandekar
Hindustan Times
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Soon, you can be privy to legislative matters and the functioning of Delhi Assembly. The authorities have started putting up relevant information — such as laws in the making—in public domain as part of compliance of Right To Information Act 2005.

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the assembly secretariat to put up on the official website all legislations (including sub legislations) introduced and passed in the assembly, text of the legislations introduced and passed for the last one year and continue to do so in future. It has also directed to put up information on the committees of the assembly.

"A routine system for publishing new laws passed by assembly, in both Hindi and English, may also be put in place," Information Commissioner Annapurna Dixit directed.

The CIC decision came following a complaint and sustained follow-up by Anjali Bhardwaj and others from Satark Nagarik Sangathan (SNS), an NGO, about the non-compliance of section 4 of the RTI Act by the Delhi Legislative Assembly Secretariat.

In fact, in its compliance report submitted in September last week, the Delhi government informed the CIC that full texts of assembly proceedings, texts of legislations have been uploaded on the website.

Section 4 of the RTI act demands that the public authorities voluntarily put up information in public domain, including that pertaining to how funds under local area development of elected representatives are spent.

House telecast a click away
Information Commissioner Annapurna Dixit directed that the authorities may consider developing a hyperlink on their website in order to provide live telecast of the proceedings being held in the Legislative Assembly.

"NIC Delhi state centre has been asked to take a feasibility study and provide details regarding requirement of infrastructure facilities, IT equipments, manpower and estimated cost of the project," authorities have told the CIC. - HTC