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  1. As reported by Viju B at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 14 September 2009 MUMBAI: The State Information Commission (SIC) chief, Suresh Joshi, has directed the Thane municipal commissioner, Nandkumar Y Jantre, to take action against all appellate authorities in the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) who have been sitting on RTI appeals even after the mandatory 30-day period. An RTI appeal is filed with the first appellate authority when the information is not provided within 30 days by the Public Information Officer (PIO) of the same department. A random inspection of appeals received by various departments with the TMC shows that the appellate authorities do not reply on time nor even maintain a register of the RTI hearings. For instance, the deputy municipal commissioner (encroachment) had received 34 appeals between November 2008 to June 2009, of which 25 appeals were disposed after the 30-day period. Similarly, deputy municipal commissioner (head quarters) received 18 appeals, of which 12 were disposed after the mandatory period. "Data from eight departments reveals that on an average, around 45% of the appeals are pending till date. This shows how appellate authorities routinely flout the norms of the RTI Act,'' said Milind Mulay, RTI activist who filed a query on this issue. TMC officials said the municipal commissioner is looking into the issue and action will be taken at the earliest. "The municipal commissioner has directed the 43 appellate authorities to submit their individual performance report in a couple of days. We are also updating basic information on RTI queries and appeals on our official website,'' said Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer, TMC. Mulay had filed a similar RTI query last year and found that the TMC's deputy municipal commissioner (HQ) disposed over 61% of the appeals after the mandatory period. "It is shocking to know that the percentage of appeals heard after the mandatory period has increased from 61% to 66% in a year's time,'' Mulay said. The SIC is saddled with over 16,000 second appeals, because of which the second appeals (over a year-and-a-half old) are yet to be heard by the commission. "The appellate authority should provide the information without delay. This will reduce the pendency of the second appeals and applicants will not have to wait for months,'' a senior SIC official said. "The appellate authority can overrule the PIO's decision. But in many cases they do not do so and the applicants are forced to approach the SIC,'' said activist S K Nangia. Source: Act against those sitting on RTI appeals, says SIC - Mumbai - City - NEWS - The Times of India
  2. As reported by TNN in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 14 August 2009: Dispose of RTI queries in 60 days: Gandhi - Mumbai - City - NEWS - The Times of India Dispose of RTI queries in 60 days: Gandhi MUMBAI: Central information commissioner ShaileshGandhi has given a new `mantra' to his counterparts across the country for speedy disposal of applications filed under the Right to Information Act. Before drafting a comprehensive action plan for his colleagues, Gandhi has ensured that he himself disposes of the maximum number of cases and that too, in a time-bound period. "I settle most of the cases within 60 days of filing. My monthly average disposal rate is 535. I feel that it's not difficult to achieve the target,'' Gandhi said in a letter to Maharashtra chief information commissioner Suresh Joshi. Taking cognisance of Gandhi's advice, Joshi has convened a special meeting on August 28 of all five information commissioners to draft a new strategy to clear all 15,000-odd pending applications. Gandhi pointed out that it was the responsibility of the information commissioners to provide information in a specific period or else, the very purpose of the landmark legislation will be defeated. In his action plan, Gandhi has said the application should be disposed of in 60 days since receipt of the RTI query. Maharashtra was the first state to enact the RTI Act in October 2005 following a sustained agitation by anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare. However, the Democratic Front government did not concede to his major demand that retired babus should not be appointed as information commissioners. Currently, barring Pune information commissioner Vijay Kuvalekar, a veteran journalist, and Amravati commissioner Bhaskar Patil, a lawyer by profession, all commissioners are retired secretaries. Suresh Joshi was MMRDA commissioner before his appointment, while Ramanand Tiwari, Mumbai commissioner, Navin Kumar, Konkan commissioner, retired as additional chief secretary. Nagpur commissioner Vilas Patil was secretary, Maharashtra legislature secretariat and Aurangabad commissioner Vijay Borge was PWD secretary before his appointment. With regard to pending cases, Kuvalekar felt that there was an urgent need to draft appeal rules. "Most states have drafted comprehensive appeal rules. As a result, in these states, there is speedy disposal of cases,'' Kuvalekar said. Elaborating, Kuvalekar said Karnataka has formulated new appeal rules, which provide that in one application, the applicant will be permitted to seek information on one issue. In Maharashtra, applicants are asking for such information that the department will require at least three months to compile. "In one case, an applicant has asked for information on 720 schools in Pune region. I don't think that such kind of information can be provided within the stipulated period of 60 days,'' Kuvalekar said. He said that instead of the number of cases disposed, more attention should be paid on quality of the orders. "Quick disposal of cases is important, but at the same time, we should ensure that justice is done to the applicant,'' he said. Another information commissioner said, there should be restriction on the number of applications a person can file. In Nagpur, an applicant has filed 300 applications over a period of time, while in Sangli, an applicant has filed 225 appeals in three months. A senior official said, since the enactment of RTI, 24,292 cases were disposed of, while 14,794 cases were pending before different commissioners.
  3. Atul Patankar

    Just 10-mnts and you are through!

    As reported by Neha Shukla at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 21 July 2009 LUCKNOW: It is `instant' justice that the Uttar Pradesh State Information Commission (UPSIC) metes out to each aggrieved RTI applicant approaching it. No gratitude to technology here. The effort is rather driven by huge number of cases received each day. At least 300 cases coming up each day for hearing, `ten minutes' is the average time spent on each case by Information Commissioners (ICs). "The time can vary, at times more or less than this but mostly this is the average and we do not have a choice," said sources. An applicant might have waited for months to get the information sought under RTI from public authority that he approached. He might have also waited for months to get hearing fixed at the commission. But once his case gets fixed for hearing, it is all a matter of ten minutes or even less for the commission to make its point in his case. The fact is well supported by figures, ICs and even applicants. Every day the commission gets to hear at least 300 cases and there are nine ICs to dispose of the cases and mete out justice to complaints and appellants. Coming down to simple arithmetics, each commissioner should be taking care of at least 33 cases on any working day. Every IC has six-hour shift, from 8 am to 2 pm thus making each complainant or appellant a slightly more than ten-minutes available for hearing. "At times a commissioner might get more than 50 cases per day and time spent on each case changes accordingly," said sources. Sample, the number of cases received on July 15 (Wednesday) by all nine ICs. While IC (I) received 20 cases which made him spent 18 mins on each case, other ICs received 38, 36, 32, 35, 53, 46, 41 and 35 cases on the day. The time varied accordingly for all the ICs. The one hearing 53 cases might have spent 6.7 mins on an average per case and the one hearing 46 cases might have spent 7.8 mins per case. The time spent per case by IC hearing 38 cases might have been 9.4 mins. The others might have spent somewhere in between these limits in each individual hearing. "Many a times we sit beyond the shift timings to get the day's work over," said sources. There are not enough resources to speed up the working of the commission and the number of cases received is going up. In the last two years, there has been 19-times increment in number of cases received. Source: Just 10-mnts and you are through! - Lucknow - City - NEWS - The Times of India
  4. As reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 10 July 2009 MUMBAI: An accused in serial train blast case of 2006 has chosen the RTI in a bid to put the stalled trial in the case back on track. Abdul Wahiuddin, an arrested accused in the case, has filed an appeal under RTI before Registrar of the Supreme Court seeking details about the pendency of terror-related cases. According to his plea, he wants to find out how long he had to remain behind bars before facing the trial in the case since he was arrested in September 2006. This way, according a counsel in the case, the accused wanted to know as to when his number would come and may be he could get the trial expedited. Wahiuddin wanted to visit the national capital also to pursue his RTI application and had filed an application before special MCOCA judge Y D Shinde seeking permission to go to Delhi. The Counsel of anti-terrorist squad did not object to his application but with a rider that he will have to bear the expenses for the trip and also of the policemen who will be accompanying him. The court, however, rejected the plea. For Wahiuddin, it has been a long wait since he was arrested in September 2006 by the ATS for allegedly harbouring Pakistani militants who carried out the attack on July 11, 2006. Source: Mumbai serial train blast accused uses RTI to expedite trial - The Times of India
  5. DoPT has issued two similar circulars (one each in respect of CIC and SIC's) clarifying that inter alia that there is no provision in the RTI Act for constitution of benches. It seems that the Department of legal affairs has also opined that under Sec 12(4) and 15(4) the Chief Information Commissioners of CIC and SIC do not have any powers to constitute such benches. The two circulars are attached to this post. 1_1_2009-IR_1.pdf 1_1_2009-IR_2.pdf
  6. Hi All, My self Arun Bansal ,joinning as new member to utilize RTI forum to resolve my pending PF widrwal with , 28, Wazirpur Industrial Area, Delhi-110052 And Sector 44, Institutional Area, Gurgaon 122002. 2) And 2nd agenda to join is to get latest development on RTI. Please help me out to get my PF from above two prgaizations who even don't want to send reply even after sevalr mails. Thanks & Regards Arun Bansal
  7. Atul Patankar

    RTI utility kicks in, but KIC not ready

    As reported by Jayadevan P K at www.expressbuzz.com on 06 APril 2009 BANGALORE: As the people of Karnataka wake up to the possibilities of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, there has been a constant increase in the number of appeals and complaints regarding availability of application forms at the Karnataka Information Commission (KIC). KIC on the other hand, is running short of staff, according to sources. While there were only 24 complaints regarding RTI applications in 2005 when the Act came into force and 1,589 complaints and appeals in 2006, the number went up to 9,406 in 2008. In 2009, there were 818 complaints in January alone. Interestingly, even after appointing another information commissioner in October, 2008, the number of pending cases has gone up from 3,979 at the end of October, to 4486 at the end of November and subsequently to 4487 at the end of December. On an average, there are about 800 cases every month that come to the commission. Out of every 100 cases it receives, KIC has been able to clear only 60 in 2006, 74 in 2007, 67 in 2008 and 74 in 2009. So far in 2009, it has cleared 581 cases. A top official of KIC, on condition of anonymity, told Express that the commission has written to the government asking it to appoint about twenty personnel including two new information commissioners. Though the commission wrote to the government a month ago, it does not expect any new appointments until the elections are over, he said. The appointments have to be made by a committee comprising of the Chief Minister, the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly and a cabinet minister nominated by the CM. Source: http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=RTI+utility+kicks+in,+but+KIC+not+ready&artid=T9sohUeJmZk=&SectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&MainSectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&SEO=Karnataka+Information+Commission&SectionName=UOaHCPTTmuP3XGzZRCAUTQ==
  8. As reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 07 March 2009 PUNE: State information commissioner for Pune division Vijay Kuvalekar said that faster disposal of cases under the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005 is the challenge ahead. He also said that the Act should benefit the common man, while steps should be taken to make people aware about the Act. Kuvalekar was speaking at an interview organised by the Surajya Sangharsha Samiti and the Sajag Nagrik Manch to mark two years since the Pune bench for RTI was established. He was interviewed by RTI activists Vivek Velankar and Vijay Kumbhar and shared his experiences with the audience. "The RTI Act has strong social implications. Therefore, on some occasions, decisions were taken considering the social implications, said Kuvalekar. "It is also important that government departments provide due seriousness while dealing with RTI cases." "The case of the university examination answer sheet, taken up under the RTI, witnessed a significant response from the education field," Kumbhar added. "The number of cases under the Act that are pending is a matter of concern and debate. Various steps have been initiated to reduce this, including district-wise hearing and a special hearing programme." While stressing the need to bring down the pendency, Kuvalekar said, "Offices are facing a staff crunch and infrastructure problems. The offices also witness a delay in sanctioning from the government. "The pendency has also gone up because some people file too many cases. The Act is for public interest and not for personal gain. For example, an applicant asked for information about land dealings which took place in a village in the last 100 years. This is an instance of misuse of the RTI Act." Source: 'Faster disposal of RTI cases is the challenge'-Pune-Cities-The Times of India
  9. Activists want 25 RTI cases to be heard a day as reported by DNA Correspondent, September 25, 2008 RTI activists have got together and formulated a five-point strategy for information commissioners to bring down the incredibly high pendency of cases in appeal. At last count, 16,500 cases were waiting to be heard. A team of six RTI activists, including Shailesh Gandhi (now appointed as the central information commissioner), which was allowed to remain present and observe 100 hearings conducted by the two city-based information commissioners, Dr Suresh Joshi and Ramanand Tiwari, submitted its findings and recommendations to the state information commission on Monday. Observing that information commissioners often did not report to work on time and did not conduct hearings five days a week, the activists panel has demanded that commissioners respect the discipline of timing. Concluding that appeals were disposed of in average eight minutes, the panel has now demanded that each commissioner hear at least 25 cases a day. The state presently has five information commissioners. RTI activist Bhaskar Prabhu said considering that every commissioner hears cases for 20 days every month, 2,500 cases could be disposed of every month. “This way all the pending cases could be cleared in less than seven months,” Prabhu said. For a faster disposal of cases, the state is considering a proposal to provide three more information commissioners. Prabhu, however, said that with better discipline, the present lot would suffice. DNA - Mumbai - Activists want 25 RTI cases to be heard a day - Daily News & Analysis
  10. As reported by ENS in newindpress.com on 7 July 2008: Vigilance sitting tight over several cases - Newindpress.com Vigilance sitting tight over several cases THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Three months is the time specified by the state government to complete an inquiry by the Vigilance Department in a complaint. Keeping this order (GO P 18/97/Vigi) a mute witness, the Vigilance Department has been keeping hundreds of cases in its red ribbon covered files. A peep into the pending files at the Vigilance unearthed some shocking statistics. In January this year, there had been 72 cases and 71 Vigilance inquiries pending for more than five years. A year ago, the respective figures were 77 and 76. The number of cases with a pendency less than five years and more than three months will be several times of this figure. "Justice delayed is justice denied." Many of these cases involve small scale corruption charges against low ranking officials. But, as there is no end to these cases, the employees have to live a life full of tension," said Human Rights activist Jomon Puthenpurackal who had obtained statistics from the Vigilance Department under the Right to Information Act. The Vigilance also informed Jomon that among the 31 culprits in the 24 trap cases registered in 2007, only 8 are gazetted officers. "This also points to the double standard of the Vigilance. The big fishes are always exempted while the smaller ones got caught," said Jomon. In all, 126 Vigilance cases were registered in the state in 2007 of which inquiry into 13 cases had been completed. Around 100 of the 379 Vigilance inquiries ordered in 2007 had been completed.
  11. As reported by Mitali Patel in expressindia.com on 02 June 2008: Pending RTI complaints on rise in Mumbai - ExpressIndia.Com Pending RTI complaints on rise in Mumbai Mumbai, June 01 The Right to Information Act may have been meant to empower citizens by providing accurate information and data. But the lengthy court proceedings and pending cases under the sunshine law are now a cause for concern for users of the Right to Information tool as well as activists promoting this Act. Till March 2008, as many as 3600 odd appeals and complaints under the RTI are pending with the State Information Commissioner in Mumbai. Across the State, there are around 16000 applications and appeals are pending. According to information collected by activists from the Information Commissioner’s office, various public information officers across the State received more than over 3 lakh applications in 2007, making it the leading state in the RTI usage. At this rate, the number is expected to cross 10 lakh by 2009, which means the number of pending cases would also multiply, said activists. “In fact, common citizens seek information through the RTI as it’s considered hassle-free. With the rate of pending applications shoots up, getting information under the RTI is becoming as slow as litigation process in the courts,” said Shailesh Gandhi, an RTI activist. RTI activists believe that piling up of appeals leads to delay in getting sensitive information that may make an impact if obtained soon. While the state is still attempting to clear the backlog of old applications, the Pune Information Commissioner recently set a record by resolving as many as 250 cases within a month’s time. Information Commissioner of Pune VV Kuwalekar said: “I have tried some experimental techniques. I don’t claim that my techniques are infallible, but they worked out in my territory.” Kuwalekar and some activists recently shared their thoughts at a seminar on the rising problem of pending cases while using the Right to Information Act. Kuwalekar suggests that an informal discussion between the applicant and the PIO is the first tool to resolve pending cases. “The most essential thing is that the problem of the applicant should be solved. For genuine complainants, a solution could be arrived at through the RTI or even a discussion,” said Kuwalekar. The second most common cause for pending RTI applications or appeals is, surprisingly, misplacement of relevant files by the government officials. A law against PIOs and other government officials who are unable to trace lost files should be implemented in Mumbai like in Pune, said Kuwalekar, who simultaneously stresses the need to deal with applications considered irrelevant. “Some people file applications without seriousness just because the Act gives them the right to do so,” said Kuwalekar. Important applications suffer due to such applications, he added. Finally, a regular discussion after every 15 days between the PIO and the appellate authority, and a systematic recording of an action-taken progress report will help clear the application quickly.
  12. RTI act 2005,came up ,applicable to a large section of society catering to more than 100 crores of population in this country.While piling of RTI application with public authorities may not be that large,but it is very large at 2nd Appeals ,it is because the PIO either did not reply or find ways to refuse taking Shelter of Sec.8 of RTI Act.Unfortunately there is one SIC in each state and one CIC to handle such voluninous appeals being filed . I had visited recently SIC of Orissa State at Bhubaneswar to enquire about my 3 nos of second appeals sent on 29.11.2007 for which I did not receive any intimation except receiving my postal ADs. Although the officials are very co-operative ,they told me "Sir,SIC is flooded with 2nd Appeals/complaints,now we are taking up cases of Sept.2007,it is difficult to find your three appeals from such a huge pile up of appeals see there in the cub board ,here and there ,but sure it will take another 2/3 months and notice will go to you,he politely gave his personal mobile number also for any enquiry ,as I told I have come from MP and I can not come frequently" As an officer in Govt.sector I understand the plight,with one information comissioner ,how many cases can be handled a day,there is high dispropertion as to handling of cases versus cases received. What the remedy,in such situation RTI is definitely loose the confidence of citizens. May I tell that Courts are piled up with cases and the litigents just runs but millions pending,genuine ones suffering,others i.e accused/offenders enjoying.Even genuinee litigants dies intestate when matter pending,offenders makig a hay and laugh of the matter perticularly when the LRs donot take up the cases on want of funds and maladies of legal system.All such issues are deliberated in air conditioned auditorium but issues remain there only. We the RTI activists can do any thing? Thanks
  13. CIC and majority of SCICs are burdened with pendency of appeals, which ultimately frustrate spirit of RTI Act. I suggest that they should impose maximum penalties on the CPIO & FAA, so that they [CPIO/FAA] will be seriously and properly discharging their duties under this act. In Gujarat, the state officials have taken RTI seriously because of strict approach of SCIC. My experience with state RTI had been very satisfactory. If CPIO/FAA start properly discharging obligations under the act, number of second appeals will be reduced. At present CPIO/FAA hardly care of CIC/SCIC, as they are sure that there will be either no penalty or minor penalty etc and hence they refuse to perform under the act resulting in second appeal. Members may discuss.
  14. venufightsforjustice

    RTI in reference to cases pending in courts

    Is it possible to get information under RTI when some cases are pending in courts?
  15. Nearly 30 million cases pending in courts Over three million cases are pending in India's 21 high courts, and an astounding 26.3 million cases are pending in subordinate courts across the country. At the same time, there are almost a quarter million under-trials languishing in jails across the country. Of these, some 2,069 have been in jail for more than five years, even as their guilt or innocence is yet to be ascertained. This has been revealed by official figures emerging from the home ministry's department of justice, under a Right to Information Act application placed by a citizen. It has also been found that over a quarter of all pending high court cases are at Allahabad. The Allahabad High Court had some 1.09 million pending cases, with over eight out of every 10 cases being civil cases at the end of 2006. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court of India had a total of 39,780 civil and criminal pending cases at the end of last year. Madras High Court (406,958 pending cases) and Bombay High Court (362,949) were the others with a large number of pending cases. Sikkim is the lowest with just 51 pending cases. Of the pending cases in high courts, 704,214 were criminal and 3.2 million were civil cases. In subordinate courts, Uttar Pradesh again topped the number of pending cases (4.6 million), followed by Maharashtra (4.1 million), Gujarat (3.9 million), West Bengal (1.9 million), Bihar (1.2 million), Karnataka (1.06 million), Rajasthan (1.05 million), Orissa (1 million), Andhra Pradesh (900,000). In another query, the National Crime Records Bureau that functions under the home ministry told Hari Kumar P. of Kasargod in a Right to Information Act reply that the number of under-trials in India was highest in Maharashtra (15,784) and Madhya Pradesh (15,777). Bihar (with 628 prisoners) topped the number of states with the maximum number of under-trials kept for over five years. Punjab also had 334 under-trials for over five years and Uttar Pradesh had 212. Delhi itself had 344 under-trials languishing in jails for over five years. On the positive side, some states had no under-trials in jail for this long a period without their trials being completed. These states included Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, and Tripura, apart from some smaller states and union territories. Nearly 30 million cases pending in courts- Hindustan Times
  16. http://jaipur.sancharnet.in/aaocomptrjp/Asst Manger PR 001.jpg I want comments of forum friends on the issue as in case the douments is not available in court and if there is not direction of court we may be denied for information on the ground that there is a case in judiciary and information seeker is not a party in that case.
  17. sidmis

    Over 2,200 RTI appeals pending

    Over 2,200 RTI appeals pending PUNE: More than 2,200 appeals addressed to the divisional appellate authority under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005, are pending with the regional information officer in Pune division. The cases pertain to appeals filed over the last two years by individuals and organisations under the act, which were not disposed of to the satisfaction of the applicants. Disclosing this on Saturday, Vijay Kuvalekar, Maharashtra state information commissioner (Pune revenue division), called for faster disposal of cases at the lower level, as also for increase in the staff strength in the commissioner’s office. Kuvalekar’s office has jurisdiction over appeals under the act in the districts of Pune, Kolhapur, Solapur, Sangli and Satara, which comprises the area of Pune division. Kuvalekar was speaking at a workshop on the act organised for students by the Pune chapter of the Public Concern for Governance Trust (PCGT) at the Police Sanskrutik Bhavan, Shivajinagar. The event was organised on the occasion of the completion of the second anniversary of Parliament’s implementation of the RTI Act. “The Pune office has a sanctioned staff of 17 people, including two desk officers and three stenographers. However, we got a senior grade stenographer only in the first week of this month,” said Kuvalekar. He mentioned instances during the first few months of the office’s existence when many official orders were written by him due to the absence of a full-time qualified stenographer. “I have had series of meetings with the chief minister and put forward some proposals for changing the layout of the office. Technical factors like ban on fresh recruitment and transfer rules create hindrances,” he said. Without getting drawn into official reasons for delays, Kuvalekar suggested a more open process at the lower levels for furnishing information which will make appeals necessary only in extreme cases. G B Deshmukh, former Union cabinet secretary and president of PCGT Pune chapter, termed the act as the means to achieving atransparent public governance. “It is not only a matter of securing information, but also utilising it for purposeful business,” he said. 14 Oct 2007, 0342 hrs IST,TNN Over 2,200 RTI appeals pending -Pune-Cities-The Times of India
  18. New Delhi, May 13: Over 2,500 applications filed under the Right to Information Act are still pending with various departments of the Delhi government and the registrar of cooperative societies tops the list. About 30,000 applications were received by various departments of the government, including DTC, MCD and education wing, since RTI Act was enforced in October 2005. According to Delhi government website, 27,055 requests for information under the RTI Act were disposed of so far. Among the pending 2,542 applications, a maximum of 550 is with registrar of cooperative societies, which earned the court's ire after a scam was detected in the group housing societies, people's action and Urja, umbrella organisations of RWAS in the capital, claimed today. "Registrar of co-operative societies has been the maximum defaulter in not providing the correct or complete details sought by applicants," a release issued by people's action and Urja said. The maximum applications were received by registrar of co-operative societies (1,569), followed by education department (1117) and Delhi Jal Board (518). The District Commissioners' offices in various zones have been receiving RTI applications related to land with maximum filed at civil lines zone (960) followed by Paharganj (620). Zee News - Over 2,500 RTI applications still pending with Delhi Govt
  19. ganpat1956

    Over 3,000 RTI appeals pending

    MUMBAI: If you have filed a complaint with the Chief Information Commission (CIC) under the Right To Information Act, seeking details about, say, your income tax refunds, there is every possibility that you may have to wait for several months altogether to get a response. The CIC is the final forum of appeal for thousands of pending complaints under the RTI Act. Under the act, CIC has powers to direct various central government bodies, including income tax, customs, railways, CBI and PMO, to provide information to applicants across the country. Data available reveals that as many as 3,171 complaints and appeals were pending with the CIC till the end of March 2007. A pendency of over 200 complaints has been building up every month over the last one year even though the CIC has been clearing nearly 400 complaints and appeals in the same period. In January this year, the number of complaints received was 743, the number of complaints disposed of was 353, and the number of pending appeals and complaints tallied up to 2,425. Incidentally, the CIC has five information commissioners to hear appeals and complaints, which is considered an adequate number to tackle the workload. The information commission does not have any legal binding to dispose of second appeals and complaints within a specific time period, but RTI activists say that if the commission itself delays in giving orders, then it will have no moral authority to impose time limits on public information officers in various government departments and appellate authorities. "The public information officer usually has other duties besides answering RTI queries and so does the appellate authority. Yet, the RTI act states that they must do their duty within 30 days. The sole reason for the existence of the information commission is to ensure that the RTI Act delivers the promise to the citizens," RTI activist Shailesh Gandhi said. Gandhi has now written to chief information commissioner Wajahat Habibullah for resolving bottlenecks and clearing up appeals on an urgent basis. "Applicants are finding it tough to get information due to huge pendency," Pratap Shah, an RTI applicant, said. The statistical forecast, according to Gandhi, indicates a likelihood of a pendency of 6,837 cases by the end of December 2007. "The solution lies in stricter action against defaulting PIOs and a faster disposal of cases," he said. Over 3,000 RTI appeals pending-Mumbai-Cities-The Times of India
  20. Report on Monthly Disposal of Cases Year Month Opening Balance Receipt Disposal Closing Balance 2006 April 489 248 97 640 2006 May 640 414 203 851 2006 June 851 495 257 1089 2006 July 1089 509 283 1315 2006 August 1315 492 374 1433 2006 September 1433 486 324 1595 2006 October 1595 349 280 1664 2006 November 1664 513 293 1884 2006 December 1884 731 565 2050 2007 January 2050 608 297 2361 Officers and Friends, I got the above figures from CIC. Every month opening balance is increasing more and more... Why is this happening? What can be done to reverse this? Please share your opinions in this thread. Thanks.
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