x

Like our Facebook Page

   
Early Times Newspaper Jammu, Leading Newspaper Jammu
 
Breaking News :   J&K not a fiefdom of Kashmiri leaders, all 3 regions are equal | Delimitation is constitutional requirement, not a concession | KAS officer quarrels for free cart ride! | Mehbooba doesn't support Team India | Let's join hands to lay foundation of new Jammu: Munish to people | Will distribute my salary among needy' | NC in touch with PDP leader | Budding PR system harbinger of change in J&K: Governor Malik | Stinking-choked drains, dilapidated lanes, lack of public transport have made our lives miserable: Locals tell Munish | Industrialists appeal Governor to continue toll tax at Lakahnpur | Three civilians injured in Pakistan firing on LoC | Fire destroys several acre area of Kalidhar forest | People hold protest against PHE | Police arrest 2 fraudsters, fake RCs, PAN cards recovered | Maatri Bhasha Bachao Andolan delegation calls on Jugal Kishore | 39.6°C in Jammu, 27.5°C in Srinagar | HMVs to ply during night, LMVs during day time | High alert in Jammu & Kashmir after Pak inputs on probable terror attack | Linking employers to skilled youth first charge of Employment Exchanges: Advisor Ganai | Natrang presents'Sarkari Daftar Ka Ek Din' | Bharat Petroleum starts first COCO fuel Station | Krishan Lal Gupta elected chairman HPSDA | 3-day historic Sudh Mahadev Mela begins | PSS holds monthly literary meeting | Free dental camp organized | Naval annual training camp concludes | Security cover to be upgraded for Yatris to Amarnath | Importance of being Amit Shah | Cracking Whip on Corrupt | PM Modi conferred with Maldives' highest honour | Rifts in Hurriyat over fund collection, says NIA | Police Smashes 'governance Infrastructure' Of Militants Inside Jails | Rajouri town gets contaminated water | Stray monkeys, dogs create chaos in Doda town | Dilapidated Baba Karla, Children's Park Road irks tourists | Aaisi Mohabat say hum baaz aaye Love for Azad cost Naresh his job | The Congress is over? | Separatist, militant groups involved in fund raising in Kashmir Valley: NIA | Work starts on tourist huts, cafes | Obey HC order on GRS salaries: ACD to BDOs | Order on 15-yr-old buses confined to papers | Police officer injured in Anantnag attack succumbs to injuries at AIIMS | Hypocrists spread superstitions to defame Kabir Sahib: Madhu Param Hans | Judiciary for more welfare initiatives, better environment for Senior Citizens | Jammu region discriminated even in compassionate appointments: Harsh | Journalism students visit organic village Talwara | 4-km long traffic jam on Manali-Leh highway | Mission clean Chowgan: Army, youth actively participate | Police recover 3 grams of heroin | Visible impact of grading system under Zimedari project' | Charak Biradhri Bhawan felicitates Amisha Charak, tops in class 11th | Mahajan Sabha holds introductory meet | Sat provides card to Ayushman Bharat beneficiary | Industrialists appeal Governor to continue toll tax at Lakahnpur | Phagla village without power supply | SIE organizes teachers training programme | Burglary case worked out, thieves arrested | Plus-2 Lecturer forum demands filling of vacancies of all cadre | Muslim League leader arrested from Tangmarg | Kathua case: Court ignored prosecution eyewitnesses while acquitting Vishal | Back Issues  
 
news details
9 yrs on, PIOs still not well-versed with RTI
8/16/2018 11:26:21 PM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad

Early Times Report

Srinagar, Aug 16: What could be termed as a failure of the government to ensure transparency, the public information officers (PIOs) in government departments are still not well-versed with it, resulting in denial of information to the applicants.
The RTI Act 2009 was implemented in Jammu and Kashmir nine years ago. Though the State Information Commission (SIC) has taken on the government several times over "deficiencies" in implementation of the Act in the state, there have been little efforts to make PIOs well-versed with it.
The SIC has written to the heads of departments that that there have been "deficiencies and weaknesses" in implementation of the Act that "deserve priority attention". Following which, the departments recently issued directives to their PIOs to be "well-versed" with the RTI Act 2009.
"It has been observed that the information under the RTI is not being provided timely to the RTI activists with the result they approach to the first appellate authority for providing of information under RTI Act 2009. In most of the cases, the PIOs are not attending the first appeal in the office of the first appellate authority personally and send their representatives for hearing," an order issued to departments reads.
Several departments have directed PIOs to get themselves "well-versed" with the RTI Act and produce the information to the RTI activists well in time.
"These instructions may be adhered in letter and spirit and non-compliance of the instructions shall be viewed seriously," several departments have issued orders.
An official of the General Administration Department said that directives were issued as SIC has expressed "unhappiness" over deficiencies in implementation of the RTI Act in the state.
"The departments have been told that lack of awareness among PIOs is leading to denial of information to applicants," the official said.
The SIC has also taken on departments for difficulties faced by the RTI applicants in depositing of fees and photocopy charges and in many cases the exact amount to be deposited for charges not communicated promptly by the PIOs.
"Non existence of special RTI calls in most government offices for providing assistance to the RTI applicants," the SIC has said.
Now the SIC has also been rendered headless.
As per Section 12 of the J&K Right to Information Act, the general superintendence, direction and management of the Information Commission vests with the Chief Information Commissioner and he is to be assisted by the two Information Commissioners.
However, Mohammad Ashraf Mir is the lone Commissioner of SIC.
On June 28, Khurshid A Ganai resigned as CIC and was subsequently appointed as Advisor to Governor NN Vohra after the imposition of Governor's Rule in the state.
The commission, which came into being in 2009 under the Right to Information Act, is an appellate authority where people can file their complaints if denied official information.
  Share This News with Your Friends on Social Network  
  Comment on this Story  
 
 
 
Early Times Android App
STOCK UPDATE
  
BSE Sensex
NSE Nifty
 
CRICKET UPDATE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
Home About Us Top Stories Local News National News Sports News Opinion Editorial ET Cetra Advertise with Us ET E-paper
 
 
J&K RELATED WEBSITES
J&K Govt. Official website
Jammu Kashmir Tourism
JKTDC
Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board
Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board
Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board
UTILITY
Train Enquiry
IRCTC
Matavaishnodevi
BSNL
Jammu Kashmir Bank
State Bank of India
PUBLIC INTEREST
Passport Department
Income Tax Department
JK CAMPA
JK GAD
IT Education
Web Site Design Services
EDUCATION
Jammu University
Jammu University Results
JKBOSE
Kashmir University
IGNOU Jammu Center
SMVDU