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Meghalaya in dark on info act

Posted by egovindia on July 22, 2006

Meghalaya in dark on info act

OUR CORRESPONDENT

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1060722/asp/northeast/story_6510915.asp

Shillong, July 21: Awareness about the Right to Information Act is yet to pick up in Meghalaya, compared to other states.

State information commissioner D.P. Wahlang today said awareness about the act has not yet spread in the villages of Meghalaya as had been anticipated. The state has a large rural population.

Public awareness campaigns, carried out by some NGOs, had evoked a good response in some of the rural areas. The response is better in the rural areas of the Khasi and Jaintia hills, compared to the Garo region. The government will also take up an awareness campaign in all districts very soon with the help of NGOs, Wahlang added.

The State Information Commission was set up under the Right to Information Act on March 11. Following this, all the departments appointed public information officers (PIOs).

Wahlang said he had received three complaints from the public so far. Some of the complainants came to him after they failed to trace the PIOs of certain departments.

He also said the Centre should not exclude noting on files from the purview of the Right to Information Act.

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