Thursday, June 07, 2018

Guv office PIO: RTI panel to examine case

Times of India: Goa: Thursday, June 07, 2018.
The Goa State Information Commission (GSIC) has directed secretary to Goa governor to file his reply on a complaint seeking appointment of public information officer (PIO) at Raj Bhavan to provide information to the public under the RTI Act.
Posting the matter for hearing before the chief information commissioner on June 13, the commission has asked the secretary to file the reply along with supporting documents.
Advocate Aires Rodrigues has filed a complaint under Section 18 (1) (a) of the RTI Act. He alleged that as the Goa Raj Bhavan is covered under the definition of public authority, its failure to appoint a PIO was illegal and without reasonable cause.
In 2011, the high court of Bombay at Goa had held that the Goa governor fell within the scope of a ‘public authority’ under the RTI Act.