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Average RTI on PSBs is Just 2 Per Year

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Average RTI on PSBs is Just 2 Per Year !

Vinita Deshmukh
30 May 2018 0  



As per the observations of the P J Nayak Committee on public sector banks, the Right to Information Act (RTI) is a major constraint which is affecting the governance of these banks, without providing any statistics to support this opinion. Never mind the real fact that they are grossly misgoverned in other ways, going by the statistics revealed in April 2018 by the Finance Ministry that NPAs amount to a whopping Rs.6.9 lakh crore.


The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) decided to examine the trend of RTI disposals by the 26 PSUs and their regulator, the Reserve Bank of India, as a sequel to the J P Nayak Committee’s observation. States Venkatesh Nayak, RTI research scholar and coordinator of CHRI, “Official RTI statistics do not seem to show evidence of any undue burden on them as the average load factor on each branch of a PSB was less than 2 RTI applications per year. Our findings are based on an analysis of the statistical data that the CIC has published in its 2016-17 Annual Report released in March 2018.’’


As per the CHRI findings,  “only 3 PSBs, namely, State Bank of India (1.39), State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (1.25) and Punjab National Bank (1.10) averaged more than 1 RTI application per branch in 2016-17. All other banks averaged less than 1 RTI application per branch.’’ So the RTI statistics submitted by PSBs to the CIC do not prove the “constraint theory” identified by the P J Nayak Committee, states Venkatesh Nayak.


Details in link:  https://www.moneylife.in/article/average-rti-on-psbs-is-just-2-per-year/54177.html



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