Monday, October 12, 2009

Noida officials openly flouting RTI rules, alleges activist

While the nation is celebrating four years of Right to Information (RTI) Act, officials of Noida authority seem to be working to stop the information flow to people, an activist alleged Monday. "Under the RTI Act, a first appeal has to be heard by the appellate authority within 30 days. This time can extend up to 45 days if supported by a proper reason. However, Noida authority is openly flouting this rule," Commodore (retired) Lokesh Batra told IANS.

Batra filed an RTI application with Noida authority seeking details of first appeals disposed of between Jan 1 and May 29, 2009. He filed the application on May 29 and after going to first appeal appellate and complaining, he finally got the information Sep 23, which is over 110 days after filling the application. "The reply revealed that during the particular period, the Noida authority heard or disposed of 94 first appeals. Of those 94, 73 were heard or disposed after the 45-day period," Batra said.

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