RTI Act 2005 - We downgraded Odisha Information Commission because still they don’t have a Online RTI facilities for filling applications.
One year back, Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi Addressed the nation on the 10th anniversary of Central Information Commission. In his address they said for good governance we need more openness. It means there is no need of secrecy between citizen and government at this age. They said government official need to focus on three ‘T’s when they replying RTI applications and that is Transparency, Timeliness and Trouble free approach. It will help to reducing errors in governance.
After one year of PM Address and more then
a year of our RTI application we have not seen even a single progress. We got
the response of our RTI apllication from Odisha Information Commission they
politely rejected our application, need form A. In the response they said that
- "The undersigned regrets to express his inability, to furnish the
information asked for in your Applications dt. 13/06/15 on account of the
1. You have not applied in form 'A' (copy
enclosed) as prescribed by, Govt. of odisha under Rure 4(l ) of odisha RTI
2. You have not submitted particular in
respect of your identity. "
But the fact is there is no specific
mention of a mandatory format or an ID proof in the RTI 2013 Guidelines.
However, the states tend to formulate some of their own rules related to
RTI. For Odisha, one of such rules is
Filling up of form 'A' along with a requirement of an ID proof. Here, the point
to be noted is that the Central government CIC doesn't ask for any kind of ID
proof during online filing of an RTI.
Odisha Information Commission don't follows
any one of the ‘T’s which was suggested by our Prime Minister. If Information Commission wants to follow them
they must want to provide Online facilities for filling RTI applications. If
they don't do so then Narendra Modi's three
T's Transparency, Timeliness and Trouble free approach will no longer be
relevant. We downgraded Odisha Information Commission because still they don’t
have a Online RTI facilities for filling applications.
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