Saturday, February 23, 2008

Don't punish public for your inefficiency: Social activists to Chandigarh Administration

In a last ditch effort, the group of Civil Society Organisations, Citizen's Voice made another formal appeal to the Administrator to repeal the illegal rules made to increase the RTI fee in Chandigarh. The representation handed over to the Administrator said that it was incorrect for the administration to punish the public by raising the RTI fee for the inefficiency by its bureaucracy and the senior officials. It mentions that since the Chandigarh Administration has failed miserably in adhering to the law and fulfilling its obligations under the "Public Records Act of 1993," "Manual of Office Procedure Rules," provisions of Section 4 of "The Right to Information Act," and the necessary guidelines contained in the "Information Technology Act 2000." Since no proper record management and office procedure were followed, so the retrieval of information becomes a problem whenever there is an RTI application.

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