Wednesday, January 13, 2010

11K cases pending with info officers

Even as the Right to Information Act (RTI) enters its fifth year, the information commissions across the state are struggling to clear the huge backlog of cases, which is apparently making applicants lose faith in the sunshine act. According to the record, a whopping 11,355 second appeals were still pending with the seven information commissioners across the state till November, last year. A second appeal is filed by the RTI applicant after both the RTI query and the first appeal gets rejected. An audit of the pendency of second appeals with various information commissions show that the information commission in Pune has the highest number of pending cases (3,723), followed by the Aurangabad commission with 2,667 cases. Amaravati and Mumbai division (including Nashik) come in the third and fourth rank with 1,762 and 1,126 cases.

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