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As reported in indianexpress.com on 23 July 2010:

Video conferencing at info panel in a month


Video conferencing at info panel in a month


The Punjab State Information Commission will start videoconferencing facility in a month. The necessary infrastructure has been provided by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and it will be started as soon as the required internet lines are put in place.


The commission is trying to get another floor on rent to set up the facility, but in case that does not materialise, one of the courtrooms will be used for the purpose.


Sources said the project would start from the border districts of Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Ferozepur. The deputy commissioners’ offices, which also have the required infrastructure set up by the NIC, will be used to run the facility. Punjab Chief Information Commission R I Singh, however, said a final decision on this had not been taken yet.


Videoconferencing was a long pending demand of RTI activists and people from far-off areas, who faced difficulty in coming to the commission for hearings. To help these people, the RTI Federation of Punjab had appointed representatives to argue their cases.


Earlier, the commission used to compile cases from one district and send a commissioner there for hearings. This practice, however, did not last long.

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