The National Knowledge Commission (NKC) on Wednesday asked the government to put all information provided through the Right to Information Act, on the website for its easy dissemination. The commission has also said that all data that is not exempt under RTI should be put on government websites.
NKC chairperson Sam Pitroda wanted all government data digitised and related information put together. “RTI can make this easier as one knows the information that can be shared with the public,” Pitroda said in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
This can be done through Geographic Information Services (GIS) mapping data on different fields like agriculture, transport and disaster management, he said. He recommended that the government formulate a GIS mapping policy to integrate information with NGOs and government agencies to maintain uniformity.
The letter also said that the government should create national web portals with inputs from NGOs, research and scientific groups, academic institutions, advocacy groups, government agencies and international bodies. “It should be a dynamic repository of information from multiple sources,” Pitroda suggested.
Seeking a collaborative model, Pitroda said, these portals should be managed by a consortium of government agencies, students, professionals and representatives of civil rights groups. “It will bring greater community ownership,” he said.