RTI Act 2005 - Maharasthra CIC is downgraded because the response were unsatisfactory, Its transferred to IT Department Mantralay
We asked the question to Maharashtra Chief Information Commissioner on 13-06-2015. We got the response in about a month.
The replied to our question is -
This office has received your RTI application dtd.13/06/2015 made under Right to lnformation Act, 2005 on 14/07/2015.
ln this regards it is to intimate that the information sought by you is not related to this office. lt is related to lnformation and Technology Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai-400032. Hence, your RTI application, in original, is being transferred to state public Information officer, lnformation and Technology Department, Mantralaya, Madam Cama Road, Hutatma Rajguru chowk, Mumbai-400 032 under section 6 (3) of the RTl Act, 2005. You are therefore,requested to make further correspondence and follow-up to the said department directly. "
The RTI was responded to in exactly a month's time, which is generally considered acceptable in case of RTI applications. It is transferred to IT Department Mantralay, follow up with them directly. Okay... Whom to contact, is there a tracking number. Should we again send in speed post if no response after 3 months? Can I call? This one is really tricky bureaucracy. So that's why we downgrade Maharashtra Chief Information Commissioner.
As we know RTI boosts transparency, reduces corruption, strengthens accountability and also improves delivery of public services. Means RTI empowers you. But in the case of Maharashtra Information Commission many of the districts were lots of pending appeal. In Amravati and Pune RTI appeals pendency up by 96 percent, this is huge concern. Despite of this the SIC of Maharashtra brings out an order that they will go on three long vacations. This is also very interesting that under the RTI Act, SCIC is not permitted legally to take casual leave on his own. In this Act sanctioning leaves to others in the Information Commission is also not legally permitted.