RTI Movement for implementation of High Court order on voluntary disclosure of information

Jammu and Kashmir RTI Movement has demanded implementation of J&K High Court order directing Government to implement section 4 and 23 of J&K RTI Act 2009.

Pertinently under section 4 and 23 of J&K RTI Act 2009 Government departments have to make voluntary disclosure of information on the official websites and awareness on RTI has to be created in nook and corner of the state. The decision was announced by J&K High Court Division Bench early this year while disposing of a PIL titled Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat V/S State of J&K.

Chairman of RTI Movement Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat said that in spite of more than 3 months since High Court issued the orders, Government has failed to adhere to it.

“Even the official websites of most of the Government departments portray all the obsolete and misleading information. The details of beneficiaries of various central Government schemes like rural housing, old age pension , DPRs of PWD , PMGSY , PHE and other departments is not available on the websites. In addition to it Government has miserably failed to create awareness on RTI for general masses and its own officials,” Dr Muzaffar said.

“Between 2011-2014 more than 2500 Government officials were trained o RTI Act in J&K and this decreased drastically not even 100 officials have been trained between 2015 to 2018. This was revealed by Government before the High Court last year“.

RTI Movement has alleged that PIOs who were trained more than four years ago on RTI have either retired or have been promoted with the result majority of the designated PIOs and even First Appellate Authorities (FAAs) under RTI ACT are not able to do justice with their job.