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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Progressive guidelines on suo moto disclosure under the RTI Act

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. 


PBOR said...

i wonder how a 'weak' govt can take such 'strong' decisions and get through, like RTI, RTE, 25% in Pvt Schools.

Unknown said...

Sir, I have retired from Indian Army wef 01 Oct 2012. I was granted Gratuity, Commutation, Leave Encasement and last pay as per DA admissible wef 01 Jan 2012 instead of 01 Jul 2012 ? Sir, should I have to receive a corrigendum PPO from CDA (P), Allahabad and what arrears to be granted to me ? Apart from the arrears my pension should also be increased on inclusion of DA wef 01 Jul 2012. Many many thanks and waiting of reply.

Unknown said...

Hi Navdeep
I am a retd army offr, wishing to communicate with you on a matter of service/national interest. May I please have your e mail id?
Alok A
Col ( retd )