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Project for effective implementation of RTI

Posted by egovindia on July 30, 2006

Project for effective implementation of RTI

Staff Reporter

  • Centre decides to take it up in 24 districts in 12 States
  • Info Commissioner satisfied with the implementation of the Act in VMC

    VIJAYAWADA: The Centre has taken up a pilot project in 24 districts across 12 States for effective implementation of the Right to Information Act (RTI) by 2008, according to State Information Commissioner K. Sudhakar Rao.

    During his visit to several Government offices in the city to examine the implementation of the Act, Mr. Rao said that the Centre and the United Nations Development Programme had selected Hyderabad-based Centre for Good Governance and Pune-based Yashwanth Rao Chavan Academy of Development Administration as implementing agencies for the pilot project.

    Portal launch

    Training would be given to officials at the State and district level, representatives of civil society organisations and media persons to make them resource persons for better enforcement of the Act. Besides, a portal called would be hosted, in addition to holding workshops and publishing booklets.

    Mr. Rao said both the Centre and the State Government were keen on implementing the Act in its true spirit. The State Information Commission had received 840 appeals so far, out of which 600 had been disposed of. He wanted the officials to try giving the information sought before the stipulated time frame. If the information sought was not immediately available, whatever was ready should be provided and the remaining be given later.

    Mr. Rao visited the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) and expressed satisfaction over the manner in which the Act was being implemented in the civic body. Of the two appeals that reached the State Information Commission against the order of the VMC, one was pending in the High Court and the other was being looked into. He suggested that the VMC’s website be linked to the district portal. In response to a point made by town planning officials that people were seeking building plans and layouts, Mr. Rao suggested that they be displayed at the public libraries and other offices. The Commissioner also visited the offices of VGTM-UDA, divisional forest officer, superintending engineer of irrigation, executive engineer of irrigation and deputy transport commissioner.

    Mr. Rao made no secret of his displeasure over the implementation of the Act when he paid a surprise visit on the office of deputy education officer. He wanted the manuals to be prepared in 15 days.

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