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RTI queries to go online in Rajasthan

by RajasthanDirect
Oct 15, 2015

Aiming to simplify the process of filing Right to Information queries and usher in transparency in the system, Rajasthan Information Commissioner P L Agrawal said people in the state will soon be able to seek information under the RTI Act online.

"The Rajasthan Information Commission (RIC) is working on having an online process of RTI in collaboration with states Information and Technology Department, and it would be made functional soon," Agrawal said during a conference here on RTI: Present Status and Prospects.

A provision of fee deposition would also be made available at e-mitra outlets so that RTI seekers would not have to travel much, the commissioner said, adding the manual process to get information under RTI Act will continue to remain in place in addition to the online access.

Pointing out lacunae in the existing RTI Act which had been implemented in 2005, the commissioner said there was no deadline or time frame for the second appeal authority to give reply to an RTI seeker, and thus, it required amendments.

“A lok soochna adhikari (public information officer) has a limit of 30 days while the first appeal authority gets 30 to 45 days of limit to give reply, but the second appeal authority has been given no time limit,” he said “RTI applicants have been seeking information from the state government or bodies even before 2005 when RTI act did not exist,” he said, adding that many of the departments in the state government did not have a record room or keeper.

More public information officers are required to be deputed in departments like Housing Board, Municipal Corporation and Jaipur Development Authority so that information can be given to the applicants faster, he said. (More) PTI GG HU

Source from : indiatoday

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