Baramulla: The district development commissioner (DDC) Baramulla today said that 2183 applications were received under RTI Act in the district between 2009, when the Right to Information Act came into effect, and 31st March 2017. He said that all the applications had been responded to.
He said 500 more applications had been received since then and the administration had responded to 482 of them.
The DDC was speaking at a meeting at Dak Bunglow where the Chief Information Commissioner of J&K, Khursheed Ahmad Ganai, was taking stock of implementation and monitoring of RTI Act on Wednesday.
The CIC said that RTI Act is meant to secure information under the control of public authorities; to promote transparency and accountability; to contain corruption; to increase citizens awareness and ability to exercise their own rights; to equip citizens to participate meaningfully in the development process and more importantly the Act is intended to provide people with a legal mandate mechanism for obtaining government records towards welfare governance.
The meeting was attended by DDC Baramulla, Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash, Registrar SIC, ADC, SDM Pattan, Tehsildars, FAA’s, PIO’s, APIO’s from all departments, RTI activists of the valley and officers from various departments.
While talking about the quantum of applications being filed and disposed in the district, the CIC said that, less number of applications either reflected quick disposal or lack of awareness. “It is up to us, people at the helm of affairs, to discern the reality. Since the Act mandates transparent governance, our positive attitude and courtesy towards applicants can strengthen efforts towards that direction,” he emphasized.
The RTI activists present in the meeting discussed threadbare the various dimensions of the Act and emphasized the need for awareness, implementation and proper monitoring.