July 17, 2009 3:26:43 am
In a first-of-its-kind initiative by any civic body in the country,the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to make available its records to citizens every Monday under the Right to Information Act.
Citizens can approach the Information Officer on Monday between 3 pm and 5 pm to seek information from the civic body under the RTI Act. The information will be given immediately, deputy city engineer Anirudha Pawaskar said.
The decision,that promises to make the working of the civic body much more transparent,was taken after a meeting with the Information Commissioner Vijay Kuwalekar and activist Vijay Kumbhar to discuss ways to streamline the process of imparting information under the RTI Act.
In addition,the PMC will keep the last Monday of each month as RTI Day wherein all the pending RTI applications will be dealt with. A coordination cell will handle the RTI applications.
The civic administration will also undertake work to maintain its old records at Nana Wada along with the additional record rooms at the civic headquarters,he said.
To ensure that the information sought under the RTI Act is delivered in the stipulated time of 30 days,Pawaskar said the civic administration has framed a procedure whereby the replies will be prepared within 10 days and sent to the seniors so that they are delivered to the applicants within three weeks.
The PMC receives an average of 400 RTI applications every month and there have been complaints about delays in furnishing the information. Kumbhar said this is a first-of-its-kind initiative by any civic body in the country and if successful it will set an example for other civic bodies.
With this there will not be any escape route for the civic administration for delaying information sought under the RTI Act,Kumbhar said.
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