After Hindustan Times reported on how the Delhi government was stonewalling information sought by a Noida resident under the RTI, former central information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi has written to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Gandhi has asked the Delhi chief minister to issue an order to every department that if no grounds for denial are given to a RTI applicant within 30 days, such information should be displayed on the website of the government.
“There are reports that the Delhi Government has not provided information sought by Shri Dev Ashish Bhattacharya of Noida and is adopting all the dirty tricks which we used to criticise,” he wrote on Saturday.
Asking Kejriwal to issue such an order he said the move will demonstrate his commitment to transparency.
“Please take this opportunity to set an example, a role model of transparency for all governments. Now is the time to demonstrate that we are willing to practise what we preached for years,” he wrote.
He also asked the chief minister to initiate computerisation of all work in the Delhi government to reduce corruption and improve transparency.
HT on February 7 had reported how RTI applications filed by Noida resident Dev Ashish Bhattacharya was sent to 22 departments, a tactic used by government departments to harass RTI applicants.