Sunday, December 20, 2009

HC seeks info from govt on RTI PIL

The Patna High Court on Tuesday directed the state government to file a counter affidavit to a PIL that has challenged the validity of the amended provision of the Right to Information Act for realising fee at a concessional rate from the people below poverty line (BPL) for filing an RTI application. A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Shiva Kirti Singh and Justice Shyam Kishore Sharma issued the directive on a PIL of petitioner Chaitanya. Petitioner's counsel Dinu Kumar submitted that the RTI Act did not provide for any fee from the BPL people. But the amended rule says that a BPL person seeking information under RTI would get a relaxation of Rs 10 for filing every application. The amendment brought in on November 19, 2009 is bad in law as this would discourage the poor from seeking information under the RTI Act, Kumar submitted.
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In the matter of filing RTI applications, requesting for information, the question is not only of fee being charged,but also that right of citizens to file the application through 'electronic means', as is part of Setion 6, stands denied because email address of PIOs are generally not being provided. Generally PIOs are known to be not accepting requests on one count on the other, whereas if the email facility were there, and no fee to be paid in case of BPL category, filing application through email would become automatic, with no one to refuse it. These and other views on RTI are given on website:
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