Sunday, October 11, 2009

Instant justice gives heartburn to appellants

It has been four years since the implementation of RTI Act in the state. Its implementation has still a lot to ask for. The commonest complaint of the applicants being the little time allotted to them while their cases are heard at the commission. "It was slightly more than ten minutes of shuffling through my case file and the order was passed," complained one of the applicants, who has his case listed for further hearings and wished not to be quoted.

"Sometimes we are not even heard fully," added another. The complaint is not exclusive to one person, but as already said, commonest among RTI applicants. The State Information Commission (SIC) receives at least 300 cases for hearing each day. It is not more than `12 minutes' on an average which is spent on each case by information commissioners (ICs).

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