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Odisha: RTI Act is more Misused than Used: Collector Rayagada

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Rayagada, May 2: Inaugurating a two-day workshop on RTI-CMM (Right To Information-Central Monitoring Mechanism) for PIOs (Public Information Officers), APIOs (Assistant Public Information Officers) & FAAs (First Appellate Authorities) in the DRDA conference hall, the District Collector Sri Jagannath Mohanty said, “though the propounders of RTI Act like Sri Harsh Mander had a noble intention while conceptualizing the framework of the Act, in the recent past, the Act is seen more misused than used. During my stint as a Sub-Collector, even I have been blackmailed by an information seeker who sought information under this act. Some people are extorting money by using this Act and have made this Act a means of business. Of course the Act can be used as a tool to retrieve justice from the erring officials who harass the retired govt employees running for pension from pillar to post and in similar other cases. The information can only be rendered only if it exists and information for a period more than twenty years can’t be given. It is a pity that some information seekers, claiming themselves as consumers, are approaching the consumer forums even if remedial measures exist under the RTI Act. In fact the information seekers are not consumers and approaching consumer forums is not actually warranted. We, as public authorities, do not have a right to exploit and this Act has become a panacea to maintain equilibrium in the system.” He suggested the representative of Luminousinfoways, the facilitator of the workshop, to lead the workshop in practical terms rather than being theoretic.

 

 

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Prasad GLN

Compare and contrast knowledge levels of Hon. District collector that addressed a workshop on RTI

 

"During my stint as a Sub-Collector, even I have been blackmailed by an information seeker who sought information under this act. Some people are extorting money by using this Act and have made this Act a means of business".

 

Of course the Act can be used as a tool to retrieve justice from the erring officials who harass the retired govt employees running for pension from pillar to post and in similar other cases. (As grievance redressel)

 

"The information can only be rendered only if it exists and information for a period more than twenty years can’t be given.

It is a pity that some information seekers, claiming themselves as consumers, are approaching the consumer forums even if remedial measures exist under the RTI Act. In fact the information seekers are not consumers and approaching consumer forums is not actually warranted.

 

We, as public authorities, do not have a right to exploit and this Act has become a panacea to maintain equilibrium in the system.” He suggested the representative of Luminousinfoways, the facilitator of the workshop, to lead the workshop in practical terms rather than being theoretic."

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karira

He needs some serious training in RTI !

 

And imagine, he is the one inaugurating the workshop. One can only shudder at the thought of the quality of training.

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harinder dhingra

Har Shakh pe Ollo baitha hain, Hale Gulistan Kya hoga...????

 

I invite the Learned Collector to visit the public authorities of Haryana where majority of PIO/s & FAA/s are NOT AT ALL scared of to respond/provide information under RTI Act 2005 as they are on the right side of law. How can you blackmail someone if he/she has done nothing wrong.

 

Of all the applications filed under RTI Act 2005 in Haryana, 98% got information. You have to put your house in order my dear Collector Sahib. If you have no skeletons in your Cupboard then no one repeat no one can blackmail you and if your Cupboard/ Almirah, desk, cabin is full of skeletons than you have to be scared and THAT IS GOOD FOR OUR COUNTRY IF CORRUPT ARE SCARED.

 

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