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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

'RTI reducing corruption in India by 15%'

Central information commissioner (CIC) M.M. Ansari claimed on Monday that the Right to Information (RTI) Act is reducing corruption at the rate of 15 per cent and has increased transparency in the country.

"It is the perception of 'Transparency International' (the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption) that RTI has enabled decline in corruption in India at the rate of 15-20 percent. The annual report of TI shows that transparency is increasing," Ansari said.


Ansari was speaking to the media on the sidelines of the meeting of members of the national co-ordination committee on Right to Information Act.

He said some states were conducting research on reduction in corruption by getting feedback-forms filled by information seekers. Ansari said the feedback forms include questions like whether officers are demanding money or whether their conduct has improved. Ansari revealed that around 95 per cent decisions on RTI appeals have been given in favour of information seekers.

Speaking about Monday’s meeting, Rajan Kashyap (convenor of the co-ordinating committee and CIC of Punjab) said a national resource centre for all matters relating to RTI would be established within three months.

"The centre would co-ordinate the activities and initiatives within the purview of the Central Information Commission and the state information commissions. The Centre for Good governance, Hyderabad, has submitted a proposal for establishing the centre," Kashyap said.

Another decision was to undertake modernisation and scientific management of all records in government offices.

"The management of records is poor in all states. It has been decided that records should be upgraded in all states. This will facilitate data retrieval and delivery of information to the public under the RTI," Kashyap said.

Ansari said that individuals, NGOs, media and institutions could give their suggestions on the RTI regime by email to mm.ansari@nic.in so that the suggestions could be considered by the committee while formulating its recommendations.

The national co-ordination committee on the RTI Act has been formed in December 2007 by the central information commissioners and the state information commissioners to identify major obstacles in flow of information and to identify measures for removing them.

The other tasks include spreading of public awareness and training as mandated by the RTI Act.

The committee will be submitting its final report to the government before June 2008.

K.K. Misra (CIC, Karnataka), Suresh Joshi (CIC, Maharashtra), G. Madhavan (CIC, Haryana), C.D. Arha (CIC, Andhra Pradesh), A.K. Vijayvargiya( CIC, Chhatisgarh) attended the meeting.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Pune/RTI_reducing_corruption_by_15/articleshow/2934021.cms

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1 comment:

npsinghabc said...

Respected sir
The statement given by Prof. M M Ansari, Hon'ble I C is shocking and not at all correct.
He revealed that around 95 per cent decisions on RTI appeals have been given in favour of information seekers but he has not mentioned the fact whether the appellant is really getting the sought true, correct and complete information, by giving the decisions in favour of information seeker.
How many of his decisions have been complied with by Airports Authority of India till date? Two decisions No.652/IC (A)/2007 dated 3rd May 2007 and No. 688/IC (A)/2007 dated 14th May 2007 have not been complied till today; after 13 months of the clear-cut decisions.
There is none in the CIC to listen to my problems of post-decision cases.
After the decisions, 8 times I approached the CPIO & the 1st AA for providing the sought information as per the decision and five non-compliance letters in each decisions vide D.Nos.1588/07; 50512/07; 56019/07; 8844/08; 10874/08 & 1589/07; 49819/07; 56017/08 7389/08& 10876/08 to the CIC addressed to the Hon'ble CIC; Hon'ble IC; the Joint Secretary, Director (Legal)& Joint Registrar and the Under secretary, Asst. Registrar & CPIO but nothing is heard from them. The Management (PIO & AA) is sure that as long as the jurisdiction of appeals remains with Prof. M M Ansari, Hon'ble IC, they are not worried of any thing. So much so, out of 14 information sought none is provided till date and no file has been given for inspection.
One file was given for inspection on 10.08.2007 after 99 days of the decision and the inspected and identified 20(13note sheet+7 correspondence) pages have been denied with the text quote "since the documents are classified as fiduciary in nature and Shri Singh has already inspected the files, the information contained is already known to him. Hence, the required documents cannot be supplied to him." The information that I was to get within thirty days has not been provided in 19 months from date of submission of the request and 13 months after the decision. There is none to give judgment that the exemption clause cited by the CPIO is really correct or to harass the appellant. There is no proper system for monitoring the post-decision cases. Besides this I am being harassed for seeking information under RTI. My only appeal is, I may please be provided with the sought information at the earliest so that I can get justice from the appropriate forum/ court if I approach them with the documentary evidences.
With respectful regards,
Yours sincerely, NP Singh, A-14/A, Bhagwati Gdn. Extn, Uttam Nagar, New Delhi-110059. Tel.No.25354990 (R), 28063684 (O) emails: npsingh55@rediffmail.com & npsinghabc@gmail.com