Saturday, January 19, 2008

Commission Receives 80% Applications from Govt. Officials: Kejariwal

The majority of applications received by the Central Information Commission under the Right to Information Act, 2005, are filed by the Government officials. The cases of promotion, salary, transfer and related matters come in huge number before the Commission for hearing. These facts have been made public by O.P. Kejariwal, member, Central Information Commission, New Delhi.

"Eighty percent application filed before the CIC are of Government officials, either serving or retired", said the Central Information Commissioner.

Kejariwal emphasized that the RTI Act, passed by the Parliament of India in the year of 2005, overrides all the existing Acts of the land, even the Officials Secret Act, 1923.

"The applicants should file very short and crispy application instead of detailed description in order to save the time of Commission and applicant itself", Kejariwal further appealed.

The Information Commissioner was speaking in a Media Workshop organized on Right to Information at the Academy of Administration, Bhopal on Saturday. It was organized by Department of Journalism, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism & Communication, Bhopal.

Speaking on the occasion Chief Information Commissioner of Madhya Pradesh State Information Commission, P.P.Tiwari said that there is a need of greater need of awareness among the people regarding this right.

“In coming days the facility to file an application through telephone under the RTI would be possible through out the country”, he said.

Although the Act has empowered people at great extent but still there are so many hindrances in this regard, Tiwari further added.

Comparing the functions of Central Information Commission with the Press Council of India, another major institution established by the act of Parliament, Achutanand Mishra, a veteran name in Journalism and the Vice-Chancellor of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism & Communication said that “unlike the PCI, CIC is empowered with the penalty chagrining authority”.

1 comment:

आशीष महर्षि said...

good Information

ashish Maharishi