'Authorities reluctant to disclose info under RTI Act'
Three years after implementation of the RTI Act, many public authorities are still “reluctant” to disclose information, the Central Information Commission has said and demanded enhanced manpower for effective compliance of the Act.
Many organisations are yet to comply with Section 4, a mandatory requirement under which public authorities are liable to disclose information and make it accessible for public, Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi said.
“There is lack of commitment from public authorities. Information Commissioners across the country have not been able to ensure its implementation. Many state and Central government affiliated organisations are reluctant in abiding by Section 4,” he told PTI.
According to Section 4 of the RTI Act, public authorities shall maintain all its records duly catalogued and indexed in a manner and form which facilitate the RTI Act.
They should ensure that all records, which are appropriate to be computerised, are within a reasonable time and subject to availability of resources, computerised and connected through a network all over the country on different systems so that access too such records is facilitated.
The CIC has also written a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office in order to draw its attention towards various factors responsible for under compliance of the Act.
The Pargaon-Dungi villages located on the outskirts of the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport site have, for the fifth consecutive year, been flooded following incessant rains in the region. The villagers blame land filling at the airport site and lament that despite CIDCO's claims of pre-monsoon measures being taken every year, there is little change on the ground during the monsoon.
A 35-year-old labourer kidnapped his employer's 11-year-old son for non-payment of his wages of ₹8,000. After kidnapping the boy, the accused, Saibuddin Alam, demanded a ransom of ₹30,000 from his employer. The Panvel City police rescued the boy from Bhiwandi with the help of Narpoli Police and arrested Alam. The complainant, Sahidul Sajjad Ali Rehman transferred ₹4,000 to an account number that Alam provided. Rehman then approached Panvel City police station and registered an FIR.
A man who was facing charges in an acid attack case ended Kumar's life by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at a hotel near the Amar Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar interstate bus terminal on Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Avinash Kumar alias Kali, 50, of Dayalpur village. A case under Section 326 of IPC had been lodged against him on June 22.
Cracks on the newly-built yet-to-be-commissioned approach road leading to the ₹111Cr Nerul Jetty have raised doubts on the quality of construction work done by the CIDCO. The 650m flyover is still not operational. However, the area is frequented by morning walkers who observed these cracks. CIDCO, however, said the cracks were not a major concern. Private structural consultants, however, differ with CIDCO and have expressed concern after seeing photographs taken just three days apart.
MIA sources here said both the flights landed in Bengaluru and took off for Mangaluru later. The flight from Dubai was scheduled to land in Mangaluru at 4.40 am, but was diverted to Bengaluru and landed in Mangaluru only at 8.49 am. The flight from Dammam was scheduled to land in Mangaluru at 5.05 am. The Bahrain-Kannur-Mangaluru plane will also be delayed, the sources said. The Mangaluru to Dubai flight was also delayed.