Right to Information – Master key to good governance

Goa information panel starts functioning

Posted by rtiact2005 on June 22, 2006

Goa information panel starts functioningNT News Desk


Panaji, June 21: The Goa State Information Commission has started functioning at Ground Floor, ShramaShakti Bhavan, Patto Plaza with Mr A Venkatratnam as State Chief Information Commissioner and Mr G G Kambli as State Information Commissioner.

The Goa State Information Commission has been constituted by the state government under the Right to Information Act 2005 to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority.

Every citizens has a right to request information regarding the working of any public authority. The citizen can apply to public information officer of the concerned authority under the Act in writing or through electronic means in English and Hindi or in the official language of the area in which the application is being made, accompanying Rs 10 as fee.Any person who does not receive a decision within the time specified in sub section (1) or clause (a) of sub section (3) of section 7, or is aggrieved by a decision of the central public information officer or state public information officer, as the case may be within 30 days from the expiry of such period or from the receipt of such a decision prefer an appeal to such officer who is senior in rank to the state public information officer in each public authority.

A second appeal against the decision under sub-section (1) shall lie within 90 days from the date on which the decision should have been made or was actually received, with the State Information Commission. Provided that the State Information Commission may admit the appeal after the expiry of the period of 90 days if it is satisfied that the appellant was prevented by sufficient cause from filing the appeal in time.

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