RTI Act turns seven today,backlog piles up at state info commission

The State Information Commission had a backlog of over 11,000 appeals and complaints till June even as the page on its website,which is supposed to show such data,remained missing.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: October 12, 2012 3:02:13 am

The State Information Commission had a backlog of over 11,000 appeals and complaints till June even as the page on its website,which is supposed to show such data,remained missing on Thursday,a day before the Right to Information (RTI) Act completes seven years.

When contacted,state Chief Information Commissioner D Rajagopalan refused to comment on the previous backlogs or what the current status of these backlogs is. “We have submitted all details to the Gujarat High Court as part of an affidavit in a PIL,and I have nothing else to say on this,” he said.

Meanwhile,RTI activists claimed that 85% of the 26 state government departments did not fully disclose on their websites information covered by RTI’s proactive disclosure clause.

“In fact,most of the websites disclosed perhaps just 10% of the 17 manuals that are listed under the Act,” Pankti Jog,who operates the RTI helpline for Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel (MAGP) told reporters on Thursday.

MAGP had conducted a survey of the departments’ proactive disclosures status with a consortium of like-minded organisations.

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