Wednesday, November 04, 2009

MC fails to keep its word on updating website

The municipal corporation authorities have failed to adhere to the directions of the State Information Commission (SIC) to update its website by November 3 for better dissemination of information, but in a face-saving exercise it has uploaded some of the pages on its existing website, which are again full of discrepancies.

While hearing a plea filed by social activist Hitender Jain regarding lack of proper dissemination of information under Section 4(1)-B of the Right To Information (RTI) Act, State Information Commissioner Lieutenant General (Retd) PK Grover had asked MC officers to comply with the norms and put information in preview of the Act on the website. Though the MC officers had asked for three months, the commissioner had directed them to take four months and complete it by November 3. But the civic body authorities, in the habit of delaying matters of public importance, once again failed to update the website by the fixed date. However, in a face-saving exercise, the MC tried to update some of the pages but that too with a lot of discrepancies. The names of the officers who have left the civic body are still figuring the website. Similarly, no vital information regarding the ongoing projects and schemes of the civic body are there whereas the site is full of names of the clubs, hospitals and other institutions, which has perturbed RTI activists.

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