Have you ever stopped yourself from filing an RTI application just because it requires paper work?
People from the IT industry, lawyers, RTI activists and NGOs have now come together to make it possible to file them online.
“We have invited suggestions from the people in the industry and our team is working on this concept of filing RTI applications online. We will approach the state with a foolproof plan about its implementation,” said Vijay Mukhi, Chairman Indian Merchant Chambers.
The Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), Shailesh Gandhi, said converting the entire process online is not feasible at this stage.
“Most government officials do not know how to use computers. Until we have the computer literacy in place, the online filing would not be of any use,” said Gandhi.
But experts from the industry have welcomed the idea.
“We can have a website on which the RTI applications can be filed. The departments of state that have their own websites, can on their sites provide this facility where a user can file RTI applications,” said Hanuman Tripathi from Infrasoft.
A semi-government company, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) has made such a facility available. “We have successfully provided the information regarding HPCL to the applicants on mail,” told P.K. Hariharan, Chief Manager at HPCL.
Maharashtra sees about 4 lakh applications every year.