Saturday, October 31, 2009

Gujarat Information Commission an overburdened body

The State Information Commission in Gujarat has not been able to look at any new complaint since July. All the new files are packed into shelves in one corner of the Commission's office in Gandhinagar, the administrative capital of Gujarat. While the Commission received 9,667 cases till July from October 2005, when it started work, just 4,990, a little more than 51 per cent, were disposed of. Since October 2005, when the Right to Information (RTI) Act came into existence on October 13, only the chief information commissioner is there to handle cases in a state of 55 million people.
This state government has not appointed two more commissioners, which it itself sanctioned two years ago.

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