Right to Information – Master key to good governance

New law to make state officials more responsive

Posted by rtiact2005 on June 30, 2006

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[ Friday, June 30, 2006 03:24:32 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]


PUNE: Starting July 1, state government officers in Maharashtra will face departmental inquiries and will be punished if they fail to clear applications, files and proposals of common citizens and organisations within a week.

Thanks to the relentless efforts of noted social crusader Anna Hazare, the state government has issued a notification announcing that the execution of the special act, aimed at curbing the delay by its officers and employees in discharging their duties, will start from July 1.

The said act will also make it mandatory for the government to effect transfers of all government officers and employees, except Class IV workers, after the stipulated three years.

Also, the legislation prevents the government from effecting frequent transfers of officers before the stipulated three-year tenure, except in case of emergency and under exceptional circumstances.

Maharashtra is the first state in the country to have introduced this act, titled ‘Maharashtra Government Servants (Regulation of Transfers and Prevention of Delay in Discharge of Official Duties) Act, 2006’. The full text of the new Act is available at http://www.maharashtra. gov.in/pdf/gov transfer notification.pdf.

Hazare, who had pressed for this legislation, will be in Pune on July 1 to enlighten the Right to Information (RTI) Act activists, representing 15 states in the country, about the new legislation. He will appeal to them to initiate measures to impress on their respective state governments to enact similar legislation.

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