Thursday, December 25, 2008

Applications too many, too long

Around 3,300 Right to Information (RTI) applications are pending in the district with almost 1,800 from Pune alone. People who file too many cases are responsible for the situation. Length, number and various issues raised by the same person are major roadblocks in speedy dispensation of RTI applications. When contacted, activists underlined how the RTI Act is not being used properly by applicants. Major General (Retd) SCN Jatar, RTI activist from Public Concern for Governance Trust (PCGT) told Sakaal Times, "The purpose of the Act is to provide maximum information to maximum people. It does not mean one person gets into the limelight." Pune Divisional Information Commissioner Vijay Kuvalekar said, "Of the 520 cases pending in Sangli district, around 250 have been filed by six persons and 200 by a single person. I am not saying that their cause is not genuine, but if it becomes like a hobby, where is the question of maximum benefit for people and if we go chronologically, in order of names, some people will never get their turn."
Added Jatar, "Bureaucrats seem to be the ones using the Act the most. And they use it to settle scores."

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