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RTI Act: 348 complaints in Punjab

Posted by egovindia on July 26, 2006

RTI Act: 348 complaints in Punjab
Chandigarh | July 25, 2006 6:15:06 PM IST

At least 348 complaints against government authorities have been received by the Punjab information commission ever since the Right to Information (RTI) Act was implemented in the state in December 2005.

Of these, 302 complaints are against public authorities that have failed to respond to information requests made before them, a spokesperson of the commission Tuesday said.

Another 46 cases are appeals against orders of certain government authorities that disallowed information from being given.

The commission, comprising of Chief Information Commissioner Rajan Kashyap and four other information commissioners, has so far disposed off 67 complaints while the remaining were pending with it.

The highest number of complaints (54) was against various local bodies, 40 against education department and universities and 29 against the police department.

Complaints have also been received against the state chief secretary, deputy commissioners and the health department.

The spokesperson said each pending case was being decided within two-three hearings.

The RTI Act 2005 is a watershed legislation for the promotion of transparency and accountability from the government. It allows citizens to demand information (in the form of records, documents, samples and orders) from the government regarding any department or office.

(IANS)

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