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Only 25% of government bodies making mandatory RTI disclosures: CIC

 

 

New Delhi: The Central Information Commission on Wednesday questioned government bodies with regard to meeting the requirement of mandatory suo-motu disclosures under the RTI Act and said that there was need for "introspection" as only a little over one-fourth of the 2,276 public authorities have followed statutory guidelines.

 

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Under Section IV of the Right to Information Act, a public authority is mandated to publish on its website 17 classes of information about its working and the records held by it so that people need not burden it with RTI applications.

 

The annual report of the CIC, which was released on Wednesday, shows that only 667 of the 2,276 public authorities have fulfilled the mandatory requirement.

 

"This needs introspection by Ministry/Department/Public Authorities as to the reasons why despite having good ICT infrastructure available with them, its usages for strengthening the system of mandatory disclosure norms remains unattended," the report said.

 

The report said that the public authorities with field formations need to assess the quality, citizen friendliness, and the periodicity of dissemination of information so as to institutionalise the disclosure mechanism as mandated under Section IV of the RTI Act, 2005.

 

"Ultimately, it is the creation of robust and dynamic citizen-government interface through sharing of information that should be talisman of our democracy," it said.

 

Giving details of the mechanism through which the figure of 667 for the year 2013-14 had been arrived at, the report said that all public authorities have to submit their returns online in a pro-forma prescribed by the CIC.

 

"In (block V), the Ministries/Departments/Public Authorities have to respond to a query 'Is mandatory disclosure under Section 4(1)(b) posted on the website of public authority?' If the response to the query is yes then Ministry/Department/Public Authorities have to provide detail/URL of webpage where the disclosure is posted," the report said.

 

It said that the pro-forma also provides for other mode of dissemination if a public authority has not posted the disclosure on its website.

 

"Only 667 Ministry/Department/Public Authorities have given response in affirmative. This means that 667 Ministry/Department/Public Authorities have posted their mandatory disclosure norms through their websites," it said.

 

Read More: Only 25% of government bodies making mandatory RTI disclosures: CIC - Firstpost

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Giving details of the mechanism through which the figure of 667 for the year 2013-14 had been arrived at, the report said that all public authorities have to submit their returns online in a pro-forma prescribed by the CIC.

 

"In (block V), the Ministries/Departments/Public Authorities have to respond to a query 'Is mandatory disclosure under Section 4(1)(b) posted on the website of public authority?' If the response to the query is yes then Ministry/Department/Public Authorities have to provide detail/URL of webpage where the disclosure is posted," the report said.

 

It said that the pro-forma also provides for other mode of dissemination if a public authority has not posted the disclosure on its website.

 

"Only 667 Ministry/Department/Public Authorities have given response in affirmative. This means that 667 Ministry/Department/Public Authorities have posted their mandatory disclosure norms through their websites," it said.

 

Read More: Only 25% of government bodies making mandatory RTI disclosures: CIC - Firstpost

 

What a unscientific and lethargic method to come to a conclusion that - if these 667 public authorities have made such affirmative declarations and given link to the website - means that they have complied with Sec 4.

 

EXAMPLE:

 

State Bank of Mysore has a RTI link on its website:

 

Right To Information Act 2005

 

and this is the suo motu declaration they have :

 

Right To Information Act 2005

 

Obviously State Bank of Mysore would have provided the link and CIC has counted it as in the 667 entities.

 

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What is most shocking is to know that the rest of the public authorities do not even have a link on their websites !

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MANOJ B. PATEL

New Delhi, Mar 4 (PTI): The Central Information Commission on Wednesday questioned the government bodies with regard to meeting the requirement of mandatory suo-motu disclosures under the RTI Act and said that there was need for "introspection" as only a little over one-fourth of the 2,276 public authorities have followed statutory guidelines.

Under Section IV of the Right to Information Act, a public authority is mandated to publish on its website 17 classes of information about its working and the records held by it so that people need not burden it with RTI applications.

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GirijaSiva

A very senior official of a bank recently was laughing about how IC MP told an applicant, in a second appeal hearing, that suo-motu disclosure is voluntary and not mandatory....

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MANOJ B. PATEL

There are stupid also on earth planet !!

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karira

Sec 4 suo motu disclosure is a joke.

 

The CIC is making a laughing stock of itself by writing things like this in their report.

 

What more to say, when IC DS (who also went on to become Chief IC and was trying for a Governors post after leaving CIC), wrote to me:

 

"No hearing is required to be held on the complaint re Sec 4 compliance as Sec 4 pertains to suo motu "obligation" of public authorities. This is the view held by the Commission previously as well"

 

I complained to CIC SM in writing and also sent several reminders BUT not a single word in response.

 

Please read:

 

http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/98869-death-section-4-a.html

 

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In another case of State Bank of Mysore (read post 2 above), one "legal adviser" to IC VS told me:

 

"Mr Karira, if you expect public authorities to comply with Sec 4 completely, they cannot do any other work. You think they have no other work ?"

 

I went to the Secretary of the CIC to complain and was told..."Forget about her. She is mad" !

 

So I forgot about her and also about Sec 4.

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koteswararaonerella

RTI act was meant for people working with transparency who can disclose anything when asked but corrupt fellows whose strength is more try to evade it and therefore this clash of interest .

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