Sunday, March 05, 2017

CIC urged for reforms in RTI regime

Daily Pioneer‎‎: Bhubaneswar: Sunday, March 05, 2017.
A five-member delegation of the Odisha Soochana Adhikar Abhijan (OSAA) on Friday met Odisha Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Sunil Kumar Mishra and submitted a memorandum to him urging him to initiate reformative measures in the RTI field and also bring changes in functioning of the CIC.
The delegation led by OSAA convenor Pradip Pradhan appraised the CIC about the faulty Odisha RTI regime as regards RTI application form, illegal demand of production of proof of citizenship which is in violation of Section 6 (2) of the RTI Act, arbitrary introduction of appeal form and fee.
The commission was requested to exercise its power under Section 25 (5) of the RTI Act to direct the State Government to bring changes in the RTI rules and withdraw the “illegal” provisions.
The CIC was enlightened about the pendency of a huge 7,000 cases, slow disposal of cases by the commission and lacuna in Odisha Information Commission (appeal procedure) Rules, 2006 and long delay in sending copies of decisions of the cases.
The delegation urged the CIC to take steps for hearing at least 30 cases per day and disposing of 300 cases in a month by each commissioner, cancellation of summer vacation and puja vacation, providing decision of the commission in Odia language, hearing Section 4-related violation cases and hearing of cases through videoconferencing.