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Residents’ welfare activists have alleged government departments fail to acknowledge their Right to Information (RTI) applications.

 

According to RTI activist V. Santhanam, to get an acknowledgement, people are forced to send the petition by registered post or speed post, which means they have to shell out an additional Rs. 30, at the least.

 

Read more at: ?RTI petitions not replied to? - The Hindu

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MANOJ B. PATEL

"The Hindu" Chennai, published the news as below.

 

Residents’ welfare activists have alleged government departments fail to acknowledge their Right to Information (RTI) applications.

 

According to RTI activist V. Santhanam, to get an acknowledgement, people are forced to send the petition by registered post or speed post, which means they have to shell out an additional Rs. 30, at the least.

 

In 2006, the State government had issued an order instructing government departments to acknowledge RTI pleas immediately, and at the most, within three days of the receipt of petitions.

 

The order also stipulated that the grievance itself should be redressed within a period of two months, or the applicant intimated if it takes longer.

 

Mr. Santhanam said though the government order is clear, none of the government departments follow it in addressing public grievance petitions.

 

S. Ramesh, another activist, said the petitions submitted at ‘Jamabandhi’ (a meeting organised by revenue officials of a particular district) are directed to the department concerned, but no reply is issued.

 

Sources with the municipal administration department said the grievances are fed into a computer and redressal mechanism is in order. As mentioned in the government order, longer tenure of work undertaken was communicated to petitioners through text messages, the official said.

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