Monday, December 14, 2009

MPs, MLAs or councillors can't ignore you now

You were promised a school or a drinking water connection by the MP or MLA in your area. Now, you want to know whether the school is coming up at all or how soon the water connection will be up, but can't get across to the MP or MLA for that information. Now, thanks to a directive from the Central Information Commission (CIC), that information will be supplied to you. The CIC has directed the parliament
secretariat, all legislative assemblies and municipal authorities to to accept people's applications under the Right To Information (RTI) Act and answer their queries. Though MPs, MLAs and councillors aren't 'public authority' as understood under the RTI, the bodies they represent on behalf of the people are liable to answer queries about any development work that was expected of them in the constituency.
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