Monday, July 12, 2010

RTI applications draw a blank, govt school heads clueless of duties

The city government schools are making a complete mockery of the Right to Information Act, even after five years of its implementation. While some school heads and principals are not even aware of the fact that they are the appointed Central Public Information Officers for their respective schools, others do not entertain a RTI application at all. Picture this: While it took almost a year for one of the applicants to receive information sought under the RTI pertaining to balance sheet records from the government schools, other applications were not even accepted on the premise that the school does not have a receipt book. “I approached not one but many schools, including model and non model schools. Every time, I was asked to approach the UT Education Department or the e-sampark centres to submit the RTI application, as the school authorities were not aware of how to accept a RTI application. Most times, heads or principals were not aware that they were appointed as the CPIOs,” shared V B Khanna, one of the applicants.

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