Sunday, October 11, 2009

4 years on, sorry tale in Gujarat

For a state that extols virtues of transparency in governance and proclaims to be a progressively pro-people, it is disheartening to see that its information commission has just one chief information commissioner for the last four years. This single authority is shouldering the responsibility of hearing 9,173 cases. Gujarat Information Commission (GIC) along with Sikkim, West Bengal and Rajasthan happens to be among the three states in the country that functions with a single commissioner. Tiny states like Goa have four information commissioners!

Today, the pending cases have gone up to 4,554 at GIC with a minimum waiting period of seven months to a year. But, this has not deterred applicants from filing complaints. The silver lining is that the number of complaints has been rising from 197 complaints and appeals in 2005-06, GIC's complaints and appeals have risen to 3,105 in March 2008-09. Against this enthusiasm, there is hardly anything being done to equip GIC with adequate software, staff to manage its office and information commissioners for conducting hearings.

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