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SIC conductes an awareness programme on implementation of J&K RTI Act, 2009


Srinagar, August 08 (Scoop News)- State Information Commissioner, Mohammad Ashraf Mir conducted an awareness programme on implementation of J&K RTI Act, 2009 at Conference Hall, Leh today. He was accompanied by Secretary, J&K SIC A.K. Pandita and Dy Secretary, SIC Vishwa Jeet.

DC, Leh Avny Lavasa, ADC Moses Kunzang, Dy SP, Addl SP, all the HODs and officers designated as PIO’s/APIO’s by the respective departments were present in the meeting.

The State Information Commissioner gave a power point presentation on a brief overview of J&K RTI Act, 2009 and its implementation in the state. He said that RTI is a statutory mechanism to give information that is existing and available in the manner and form in which it is held with the public authority. He urged the officers and PIOs to properly examine the questions filed by an RTI seeker and check whether it falls within the ambit of definition of information. He asked them to collect and provide the information within the given period of 30 days and to convey the message on time if the information sought is exempted from disclosure.

Mr. Mir said that in case of huge enquiries the public authority can allow for inspection of work, documents and records to avoid divergence of man power and financial resources. He urged the officers to put their effort from first day to respond to an RTI filed within 30 days and informed that SIC can scrutinize the authority of the information provided by the government departments. He added that SIC has the power to impose penalty of Rs.25000/ Rs. 250 for each day on delay in providing the information.

He said that RTI is an important tool in the hands of public and emphasised on creating awareness about RTI among the people and need for government to impart training on RTI to officials. He spoke about the possibilities and evidences of misuse and abuse of RTI by many people. He urged the officers to be cautious in ensuring the accountability of this act among masses and provide proper grounding while rejecting RTIs.

Moses Kunzang gave the vote of thanks and ensured more effective implementation and awareness building of RTI in the district.



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