By Priya De
A biennial study conducted by Satark Nagrik Sangathan and Centre for Equity Studies has revealed a grim picture of RTI Act implementation with waiting time at information commissions running in years and commissions in several states becoming non-functional owing to unfilled vacancies. The study has found that if an RTI appeal were to be filed in West Bengal state information commission on November 1, 2017, it would be disposed of in 2060 – after 43 years. In Kerala, it would take six years six months and Odisha 5 years 3 months. The main reason for such a long waiting time is the reduced number of information commissioners that commissions are working with.
The report has brought out, what it calls a “concerning trend”. The information commissions, which are the last resort for the common man to complain against wrongful denial of information, are increasingly returning cases. The highest number of cases have been returned by CIC, followed by Gujarat, Assam and Uttarakhand.
By Ajit Borade
Hi, i recently filed a dozen of rti applications to charity commsioner Osmanabad, 6 applications to Passport office Pune, 4 applications to post office pune, 4 applications to SBI bank etc. I have developed a special penchant for filing multiple applications.
And I am preparing for a long and gruelling battle against government machinery.
In one of my application, I asked the Pune head post office about the day wise figures of IPOs sold across the counter of each of the post office that falls under their jurisdiction. I reply, they said that this information is of the nature of TRADE SECRET and therefore exempted. Hence they declined to provied the information. I appead to the Appleat Authority and they upheld my appeal and directed the CPIO to provide the aforesaid information to me after charging the requisite fees. Now the PIO has written to me asking me to deposit Rs. 1010/- towards 505 pages of information.
My Question is ===>
As the PIO had earlier denied information to me, and it is several days past the mandatory 30 days period to provide the information, am I not eligibe to get the said information free of cost ?
As per my understanding , there is certain clause in RTI act which says that information should be provided free of cost if it is delayed beyond 30 days period.
I invite suggestions from RTI comrades.
(Posting of mob. no. is against forum rules-hence deleted)