Friday, January 29, 2010

BMC ordered to computerise all land lease data in 21 days

The chief information commissioner of Maharashtra, Suresh Joshi, has directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the city's two collectors to computerise all land lease data within 21 days. This follows the collector's and the BMC's inability to produce information on lease data sought under the Right to Information Act (RTI). The order, passed on January 21, is considered a landmark since it is the first to take on the administration for the way it collects and holds data that can be
sought under the RTI Act. Section 4 (a) of the act, which talks about suo motu declaration of information, says that public authorities covered by the act have to maintain information in such a way as to make it easy to share it with the public.

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