Friday, February 17, 2017

RTI applications can now be filed online; depts. asked to upload information

The Hindu‎‎: Hubballi: Friday, February 17, 2017.
Now, it is possible to file online applications under Right To Information (RTI) Act as State Information Commission has set up a mechanism for facilitation.
Speaking to presspersons after holding a review meeting at the Hubballi Dharwad Municipal Corporation here on Wednesday, State Information Commissioner Shankar Patil said that now people seeking information under Right To Information Act could upload applications by logging onto the website of the State Information Commission.
Mr. Patil said that the applications thus received online would be subsequently forwarded to the departments concerned.
The benefit of the system was that the applicants would be able to get information on the status of their applications, he said.
Referring to the common complaint of delay in receiving information under RTI Act, Mr. Patil said that he had issued instructions to the officials to provide information in a time-bound manner.
30,000 pending
To a query, Mr. Patil said that he had disposed of 4,000 out of 8,000 cases after he took charge two years and eight months ago. There were 30,000 applications still pending before the commission, he said.
In a bid to reduce the number of applications under RTI Act, all departments had been asked to voluntarily disclose information and upload them on their official websites.
“This would automatically reduce the number of RTI applications,” he said.
In Dharwad
Earlier, holding a review meeting in Dharwad at the Deputy Commissioner’s office, Mr. Patil asked the officials concerned to ensure that they uploaded information on their official websites without fail.