RTI Movement urges Advisor to constitute SIC, digitise govt record

SRINAGAR: A delegation of Jammu Kashmir RTI Movement led by its Chairman Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat and Trustee Syed Nasarullah met Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai on Sunday and apprised him about huge pendency of RTI appeals and complaints in the State Information Commission (SIC) .
The delegation, according to a statement, urged upon the advisor to constitute SIC by appointing Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and one more Commissioner as soon as possible. In addition to it, the issues about RTI awareness and non-implementation of section 4 of JK RTI Act 2009 related to voluntary disclosure of information and digitisation of official record in government offices was also taken up.
“Advisor Khurshid Ganai assured us in the meeting that matter would be put before State Administrative Council (SAC) soon. He also assured that RTI awareness programmes would be taken up in all the Degree Colleges of J&K in the coming months in a phased manner so that people especially the youth are made aware about this great law,” Dr Raja Muzaffar said.
The J&K High Court in December last year disposed off a PIL filed by J&K RTI Movement seeking indulgence of high court for RTI awareness and digitisation of government record, the statement said.
It said the PIL was disposed off by high court division bench of Justice A M Magray and Justice Sanjeev Kumar directing government to adhere to these provisions of RTI law contained in sections 4 and 23.
Despite passing of six months, government has failed to abide by HC directions, RTI Movement said.