The total number of Right to Information (RTI) applications in the state has grown by 11.1 per cent, from 6.82 lakh in 2012 to 7.51 lakh for in 2013.
The number of appeals filed by RTI applicants with the appellate authority in 2013 stood at 9.99 per cent (75,077), which shows almost 90 per cent of the RTI applicants in the state seem to be satisfied with the information that they receive. The number of appeals filed in 2012 was 71,677.
Three departments – Urban Development, Revenue and Home – together attracted over 50 per cent of RTI applications in the state in 2013.
In 2013, the state Information Commission collected Rs 53.11 lakh as fine, the highest amount collected from offending officials since the Act came into being in 2006.
In 2010, the SIC had taken action against 533 officials, but the fine collected then was only Rs 34.38 lakh.
As per the RTI Act, information commissioners are empowered to impose fine on officials who delay or deny providing information to applicants. The officials pay these fines from their own salaries.
In 2013, the SIC recommended departmental action against 707 state government employees, 108 per cent more compared to the 339 employees against whom action was recommended in 2012.
The state presently has seven information commissioners, including the Chief Information Commissioner.