Jammu & Kashmir RTI Movement delegates meet CIC

Jammu & Kashmir RTI Movement delegates meet CIC

Srinagar: On July 4, a delegation from the Jammu and Kashmir Right to Information (RTI) Movement convened a meeting with Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) YK Sinha in Srinagar. The delegation, led by Dr. Raja Muzaffar Bhat, Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir RTI Movement, emphasized the need for improved implementation of the RTI Act 2005 in the region. They presented a memorandum to the Chief Information Commissioner, urging his intervention to address the issues surrounding RTI implementation.

The delegation highlighted a significant decline in the number of filed RTI applications over the past few years. They requested the CIC to conduct extensive RTI awareness campaigns in Jammu and Kashmir, involving local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and theatre groups. This approach aimed to reach out to people in remote areas who have limited awareness about the RTI Act and the extension of more than 800 central laws following the abrogation of Article 370.

During the meeting, Dr. Raja Muzaffar Bhat expressed concern about the lack of training for designated Public Information Officers (PIOs) and appellate authorities. He urged the CIC to address these gaps.

CIC YK Sinha assured the delegation that he would take up the issues related to the filing of online RTI applications, which had already been acknowledged by the General Administration Department (GAD) in written communication from Syed Adil, one of their senior RTI members. Additionally, he pledged to facilitate proactive disclosure of information under Section 4 of the RTI Act 2005 by engaging with the relevant authorities.

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