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Maharashtra: Fadnavis urged to provide security to RTI activists


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Fadnavis urged to provide security to RTI activists

 

MUMBAI: A high-level delegation comprising chief information commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad and information commissioners D B Deshpande, A K Jain and T F Thekkekara recently called on chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to press their demand for protection to RTI activists.

 

"Targeting of RTI activists is a serious issue in Maharashtra and several were either attacked or murdered in the recent past. On demand, the activists should be given adequate protection on a case-to-case basis on merit. Earlier attacks on activists should be investigated on a war-footing,'' Gaikwad told Fadnavis.

 

Pune-based activist Vijay Kumbhar expressed concern over the spurt in attacks and murders of RTI activists. Out of 20 killed between January 2010 and December 2014, seven were from Maharashtra. "The murders are a serious matter. The BJP-led government will have to draft an action plan for their protection. The government must ensure maximum information is available to the aam admi in a routine course,'' Kumbhar said.

 

Gaikwad said besides the murders and attacks, the delegation told Fadnavis that in the larger public interest, there was urgent need to strengthen the institution of the information commission. "A few posts of information commissioners are lying vacant for long, there is huge pendency. There is also an acute shortage of staff at most commissions,'' Gaikwad said.

 

The delegation urged Fadnavis that state commissions should be equipped with a strong legal wing.

 

Gaikwad said there was an urgent need to implement section 4 of the RTI Act, on proper maintenance of records by public authorities and publication of relevant information of each public authority in all departments. He said non-compliance of crucial orders of the commission was a matter of concern.

 

Read More: Fadnavis urged to provide security to RTI activists - The Times of India

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