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Masses unaware of RTI Act, says Haryana CIC

Posted by egovindia on July 19, 2006

Masses unaware of RTI Act, says Haryana CIC
Tribune New Service

Chandigarh, July 18
The Haryana Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), Mr G. Madhavan, today said awareness about the Right to Information (RTI) Act was yet to percolate down to the masses.

“Nearly 80 per cent of the complaints and appeals that we are getting come from retired and serving government officers. The ‘janta-janardhan’ is yet to wake up to the RTI Act,” Mr Madhavan told media persons here.

The interaction was organised by the PRIA (Participatory Research in Asia), an NGO, as a sideshow of the two-day workshop organised by it on the RTI Act.

Mr Madhavan said so far 60 cases had been decided by the State Information Commission since his appointment as the first CIC of Haryana in November last year. He said while 15 were cases of appeal, the remaining 45 were related to complaints.

He said there was a provision in the RTI Act under which a complaint could be forwarded to the Information Commission (the final appellate authority) instead of the first appellate authority who was an officer of the department concerned.

The CIC said the Commission was not declaring a case as closed before ensuring compliance by the department concerned.

He said the Commission had asked the state government to ensure proper display of the names of Public Information Officers (PIOs) and also accept cash, postal orders and demand drafts as a fee for seeking information.

Mr Madhavan said the fee structure fixed by Haryana for the RTI Act was modelled on other states and that he had not received any communication from any quarter so far for reducing the fee.

The CIC said he had toured several districts of the state to spread awareness about the RTI Act. During the tours, he found that rural people had hardly any knowledge of the Act. The PIOs designated by the government will be given training at Gurgaon to make them conversant about various aspects of the Act, Mr Madhavan stressed.


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First one in the country: Haryana village gets its own website

Posted by egovindia on June 29, 2006


First one in the country: Haryana village gets its own website

Chandigarh: A village in Jind district of Haryana today became the first one in the country to log on to the information superhighway with the launch of a website containing its history, legislative, education, health and other parameters.

The website of the “First Model Internet Village” – http://www.Smartvillages.Org – launched by Haryana Governor A R Kidwai presents a holistic picture of the habitaion with detailed statistics on varied areas ranging from government setup, village panchayat, infrastructure on basic amenities, electricity, water, roads, irrigation and so on.

Complete Citizen Directory covering house number, names of the villagers, father name, sex, education, occupation, category, voter number, ration card no, driving license number, religious places, tourist attractions, local facilities, transport facilities, ongoing development schemes, public announcements and village problems and suggestions have been included in the website.

Speaking on this occasion, Kidwai appreciated the efforts of the NGOs, which have compiled such data. The information would be of imense help for the officers and the government in formulating plans for development of that area, he said.

As Haryana is emerging as a model state in the country with speedy industrialisation and highest per capita income, this type of data from the grassroot level would further boost the development process, Kidwai said.

With the launching this website, the vision of the Haryana Government to take IT to the villages has also been accomplished, he said. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was also present on the occasion.

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