Current RTI Act has flaws: Former CIC

Event Held To Celebrate 9 Yrs Of RTI In J&K

Srinagar, Publish Date: Mar 20 2018 12:07AM | Updated Date: Mar 20 2018 12:07AM
Current RTI Act has flaws: Former CIC

On the ninth year of its enactment, the speakers at an event here today stressed the need for creating awareness about Right to Information Act.

The event titled ‘celebrating 9 years of RTI in Jammu and Kashmir- a way forward’ was organized by Abdul Ahad Azad Memorial Degree College, Bemina and the Jammu and Kashmir RTI Movement.

Chief Information Commission (CIC), Khurshid Ganie on the occasion said, “RTI is not used much in Kashmir. We have received only 3,000 applications in one year. The reason for that can be there is not much awareness about the Act.”

RTI Act will complete nine years in Jammu and Kashmir on 20 March 2018.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Syed Abid Rashid Shah on the occasion said, “People are not powerless today. People have every right to walk into my office and seek information. If I pass an order today I know it will be in public domain tomorrow, because gone are the days when orders were passed and packed in envelope. Thing have changed and this change has been brought by the Right to Information Act.” 

He however said: “People should use the act wisely; sometimes people file RTI application because of personal animosity.” Former CIC, GR Sofi asked the RTI activists to work towards having a “vibrant” RTI Act.

Sofi said, “There are flaws in the current act and that should be corrected. If the officers meant to provide information are not giving it on time, there should be a system under which they will be bound to provide the information.”

Sofi stressed on the reopening of the local TV channels in Kashmir, “There is no local television channel that would highlight the local issues of the people of Kashmir. The government can ask the TV channels not to talk about politics, but they can highlight the other human issues.”

On the occasion, Raja Muzzafar Bhat, RTI activist and founder of the JK RTI movement said, “The Act has given right to a poor man. He walks into the office of an official and asks him information. He can even ask information from Chief Minister; this is the achievement of the Act.”


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