Friday, May 12, 2017

Activists appeal JKPSC to expedite RTI replies

Rising Kashmir: Jammu: Friday, May 12, 2017.
Concerned over the difficulties faced by the candidates delay in getting information under Right to Information Act from Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (JKPSC), activists and lawyers on Thursday appealed the government and the JKPSC to expedite the process of furnishing RTI replies to the applicants.
In a statement, the activists urged the JKPSC that candidates should copies of their answer keys, merit list or any other information related to exam and declared results.
Citing the example of recently declared result of KAS-2017(Prelim) wherein several candidates being not satisfied with the result have filed RTI applications to the JKPSC and asked for certified copies of their exam answer scripts and other allied information. “Unfortunately, the JKPSC has not been able to respond to their applications expeditiously but waiting for upper time limit of 30 days to respond to their applications.”
The joint appeal was endorsed by RTI activists Deepak Sharma, Raman Sharma and Advocates of J & K High court Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed, Vilakshan Singh, Hunar Gupta, Dewaker Sharma and S. Harasis Singh a prominent minorities rights and social activist.
They demanded that in such cases where the question of one’s future is attached, the officers should show some sanity and furnish the information without delaying tactics.
Referring section 7 (1) of the Jammu and Kashmir Right to information act 2009 , the activists plea stated that it’s amply clear in the law that the information should be provided to an information seeker at an earliest and 30 days’ time is the maximum limit.
“The PIO on receipt of a request unders section 6 shall expeditiously as possible but in any case 30 days...” and urged that PIOs should understand the law in perspective and provide the information expeditiously .