THE ANNUAL report prepared by the Central Information Commission (CIC) has pulled up 500 Central government institutions for failing to file their mandatory RTI reports. Among those 500, figure seven institutions that are either headquatered in Pune or have substantial presence in the city.
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This is a sharp rise as compared to last year’s report where only two Pune-based institutions were pulled up for failing to file their annual RTI report.Prepared as per the directives of the RTI Act, the annual report of the CIC details the performance of the institutions in view of the RTI Act. The report collects the number of RTI applications received by each and every institution, applications rejected, answered, gone for appeal and other things related to the Act. The annual report serves as a ready reckoner when it comes to the implementation of the RTI Act. It is mandatory for each and every government body to send out their annual RTI reports detailing the number of applications received, disposed off or gone for appeal by them.
In the annual report of 2014-15, seven central government institutions from Pune have been pulled up for failing to file their annual RTI report with the CIC. The Center for Materials for Electronics Technology, Chief Commissioner of Central Excise and Customs, Director General of Investigations of Income Tax and Agharkar Research Institute are the institutes that have failed to file their RTI returns with the CIC. Besides these, the Controller General of Defence Account, Military Engineer Services (MES) and Software Technology Park of India (STPI) are the other institutes that have also failed to file their annual returns. All these institutions are either headquatered in Pune or have sizeable presence in the city.
For the annual report of 2013-14, Pune had seen just two Central government institutions failing to file their annual RTI reports. These two were the Center for Development of Advanced Computing and the almost defunct Hindustan Antibiotics Limited. The annual report of the CIC has in fact been talked about for an over all decline both in the number of applications received and public authorities who have registered with the CIC in the country.