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1.49 lakh petitions under RTI Act disposed

as reported by Staff Reporter in The Hindu, Jun 01, 2010

Highest by any State Information Commission since 2006

 

 

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State Information Commissioner G.Ramakrishnan (left) conducting an inquiry on appeals of public under the Right to Information Act at Tirupur Collectorate on Monday. –

 

Tirupur: The Tamil Nadu Information Commission (TNIC) has disposed of around 1,49,000

applications filed by petitioners under the Right to Information (RTI) Act which is so far the highest by any State Information Commission since 2006, according to TN-SIC Commssioner G. Ramakrishnan.

“Of the total disposal, about 12,000 petitions were disposed of through special sittings conducted at various places across the State,” he said.

He told this to reporters on the sidelines of the special sitting arranged by the Commission to dispose of the appeal petitions received from Tirupur, Coimbatore, Erode, Salem and Krishnagiri districts, here on Monday.

 

Mr. Ramakrishnan said that about 17,000 appeals filed by RTI activists were pending with the State Information Commission at the moment.

According to him, TNIC has served show-causes on about 3,000 people either for their failure to properly respond to the queries asked by the public under RTI Act, 2005, or for intimidating the petitioners during the last four years.

 

A total of 15 appeal petitions were reviewed by Mr. Ramakrishnan during the sitting held at Tirupur Collectorate on Monday.

Citing the petition of one V. Ravi that Periyar University of Distant Education did not furnish the copy of answer sheets as claimed by him to analyse why he failed in a paper in the post graduate examination,

 

Mr. Ramakrishnan clarified that answer papers valued by any examination body could be subjected to scrutiny under RTI Act.

 

“I have given direction to the varsity to give Photostat copy of the answer sheets which the petitioner wanted as the university was under the impression that such things did not fall under the purview of RTI Act,” he said.

Mr. Ramakrishnan made a general appeal to the public to make the queries filed under the RTI more specific instead of being generic in nature.

 

The Hindu : Tamil Nadu News : 1.49 lakh petitions under RTI Act disposed

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