Suo Motu Disclosure- Can DoPT latest guidelines improve RTI?
Suo Motu Disclosure under Section 4 of RTI Act, 2005: DoPT has issued a latest guidelines for Suo Motu Disclosure for Government Departments named as Implementation of suo motu disclosure under Section 4 of RTI Act, 2005. It is expected that as these are very exhaustive guidelines and if followed by the Public Authority, will reduce the number of RTI applications it needs to reply. Read the order here!
But these guidelines were issued earlier too. Do guidelines have any enforceability?
As far as the RTI Act is concerned, Public Authority cannot be held responsible for Sec 4 implementation or non compliance of Sec 4 implementation. Under Section 4 (1) (a) of the Right to Information act 2005, all public authorities are suppose to maintain all their records duly catalogued and indexed in a manner that facilitates the Right to Information. Also Under Section 4(2) of the Right to Information act 2005, all public authorities have to suo motu disclose information pertaining to their functioning as per the 17 points listed under Section 4(1) (b)
Also we ponder- who is to enforce implementation of Sec 4 ?