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Over 4 lakh applications received under RTI in Maharashtra

Atul Patankar

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Atul Patankar

As reported at www.hindu.com on 20 March 2009.



Mumbai (PTI): With over 4.16 lakh applications received under the Right to Information (RTI), Maharashtra has become the first state to receive four lakh plus queries under RTI, more than the number in countries like Britain and Mexico.

"Maharashtra received 4,16,090 applications under RTI last year, whereas in Britain 60,000 queries and in Mexico 94,000 queries were filed under the RTI," a report released by the State Information Commission said.

The state implemented the Act from October 2005 before the Centre promulgated it. The Act became so popular that the state got 1,23,000 queries in 2006, and the number went to 3,16,000 in 2007, the report said.

Elaborating on the applications received by various state Government departments, the report quoted the department of Urban Development has received the highest number of questions (1,04,766) followed by Revenue Department (70,419) Home Department (45,363) and the least applications in Forest Department (9,676). The Government replied to 3,97,662 applications last year. The Government has also collected Rs 76.67 lakh as the application fee. No fee is charged for applicants below poverty line, it said.


Source: The Hindu News Update Service

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I don't think that the figures are correct. Firstly, how do the government get Rs.76.67 from 4.16 applications ? Even if they charge every one. maximum they can get is Rs.41.6 lakh as application fee from 4.16 applications.. The figures might have been accoummulation of years and not of last year. Presuming that there are 250 working days an year do you think they have been receiving 1664 applications per day? All cooked up figures.

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