Thursday, November 12, 2009

State launches helpline to file RTI complaint

Yet another first in India from Bihar has come to make the Right to Information (RTI), Act, people friendly. This pertains to launching of a new helpline, by using which people can file complaints against the government officials who harass them for seeking information using the RTI tool. CM Nitish Kumar dedicated the helpline (0612-2219435) for public use here on Thursday during a programme organised by state information commission (SIC), Bihar, to felicitate the performing public information officers (PIOs). The CM himself made the first complaint using the helpline against Rajnagar block supply officer in Madhubani district.

"The CM secretariat has received complaint from one Dhirendra Mahto of Karaiya Panchayat in which the complainant claimed that an FIR was lodged against him with the Rajnagar police station in August this year after he tried to seek some information about public distribution system from the the block supply officer," Nitish informed the person attending the call on the newly launched helpline and asked the call attendant to inform his secretary about the action taken. He immediately got a complaint number (0001).

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It takes months to update Bihar State Information Commission to update itself !

How many emails are replied to , will be an interesting aspect to be looked into !

Bibek Kumar Anand
Convener 'SAMPADA"  
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