RTI Act revolutionary step: CIC
‘Will achieve goal of good governance in JK’
Baramulla, July 21: The Chief Information Commissioner, G R Sofi today said the people of Jammu and Kashmir had every right to know about the functioning of the administration and the introduction of RTI Act was a revolutionary step in achieving the goal of good governance in the State.
Addressing a seminar on Right To Information Act organized by Human Aid Society, an NGO at Dak Bungalow here, Sofi said, the Act was people friendly and aimed to make the authorities accountable. He said every citizen had the right to know the pace of developmental works in his area and any person can seek information from the authorities within a stipulated time. He said if the information was not provided, within the specific time, one has the right to approach the Commission.
“It is the duty of every public information officer (PIO) to provide the information within a period of 30 days. Even if the information is not provided, then the concerned authority has to give in writing as to why it had denied the information,” said CIC.
He said as per the RTI Act, any person was entitled to seek information except the information which had potential to affect the integrity and the sovereignty of the country or information which had been directed by the Court not to reveal.
Sofi said the Act would empower the people at grass root level. While referring to 1935 Supreme Court judgment when the RTI Act was not in force, Sofi informed the participants that judgment reads as “In a government of responsibility like ours, every public agent must be responsible for their conduct. There can be but a few secrets, the people of this country have right to know of every act, every thing that is done for the people and they are entitled to know every thing being done for them”. He said it indicates that every citizen had right to seek any information even before the Act was introduced.
Later a question answer session was held where people sought the information about the Act.
Lastupdate on : Thu, 21 Jul 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 21 Jul 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 22 Jul 2011 00:00:00 IST
- MORE FROM KASHMIR
- Mir for economic empowerment of youth
- Cop dies after service rifle fires accidentally
- Haji Ali Kargili passes away
- RTI Act revolutionary step: CIC
- Aussie tourist found dead
- Peoples’ sacrifices alone highlighted K-issue: JKLF (R)
- Tarigami slams government
- J&K PWA to organize conferences
- JKEEU pen down strike on July 25
- Freedom movements need resources, money: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq
- Rehmani, Nayeem concerned
- State lacks authority to put frequent restrictions on people’s movement: HC
- Finally, Tehzeeb Mahal gets a slot
- Cabinet approves replacing secret ballot with open ballot for LC polls
- 'Accountability, mandatory for discipline'
- Contractual lecturers strike enters 4th day
- Politics mars historic Islamia College
- ASHRAF SEHRAI’S DETENTION
- NBT to organize workshops on creative writing
- Geelani calls for shutdown on Saturday
- CM chairs SKIMS governing body meet
- Investigators trace owner of vehicle used in Sopore blast
- NAAC team calls on Governor
- Mega NRHM workshop held in Budgam
GK NEWS NETWORK
Pattan July 21: Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir today said the main focus of political endeavor should see the youth of J&K economically independent, politically empowered and socially More
- Srinagar City
Locals fear land mafia involvement, heritage lovers aghast, admin sleeps
Srinagar, July 21: At a time when the government claims to start heritage conservation on and around the Kohe-e-Mahan hill in the City, alleged encroachers have started "excavation" of the hillock which More
Jammu: Terming the policy of resettlement of militants based in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) as ‘danger’ to the security of state, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) today decided More
- South Asia
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Islamabad, July 21: Pakistan has developed and inducted its first squadron of indigenously made Naval unmanned spy planes to be used for maritime interdiction operations in coastal areas. The UAVs More
Traders, entrepreneurs oppose power tariff hike proposal
GK NEWS NETWORK
Srinagar, July 21: The trade and industry bodies of J&K today strongly opposed the power tariff hike proposed by the government. At a joint press conference in Jammu, the representatives of traders More
Turabi endorses Geelani’s July 23 strike call
NISAR AHMED THOKAR
Islamabad, July 21: The outgoing prime minister of Pakistan Administered Kashmir and Muslim Conference president, Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan has voiced serious concern over the detention of Washington based More