One of the most progressive sections of the RTI Act is Section 4(2), which provides that public authorities should endeavour to provide as much information as possible suo moto including through internet so that there is minimum resort to the Act for seeking information.
As experience had shown, the above provision was not properly executed by most public authorities as a result of which the public was forced to approach Public Information Officers even for sundry information which could easily be placed on a public platform by various public agencies.
To rationalize this problem, the govt had constituted a task-force and now has issued guidelines for implementation of the recommendations of the said task-force.
The following aspects shall now be placed in public domain, including on websites, by public authorities:-
A. Information related to procurement
B. Public Private Partnerships
C. Transfer policies and transfer orders
D. RTI Applications received, their responses and Appeals thereon alongwith a proper search facility
E. Information regarding CAG and PAC
F. Citizens Charter
G. Discretionary and non-discretionary grants
H. Foreign tours of PM and other Ministers
The complete Office Memorandum issued on the subject by the DoPT can be accessed by clicking here.