Right to Information – Master key to good governance

BMP officials learn ABC of RTI Act

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 2, 2006

BMP officials learn ABC of RTI Act
DH News Service Bangalore:

‘To give or not to give’ information was a common dilemma faced by most government officials, so far. But after Saturday’s workshop, the officials of BMP say that such dilemmas are best forgotten.

Speaking at the inauguration of the workshop on the Right To Information Act (RTI Act) 2005, State Chief Information Commissioner K K Mishra, reminded the officials that they could no longer make excuses and deny information to the common man. He also added that a systematic way of maintaining records helped furnish information within the stipulated time of 30 days and escape penalty.

Mayor Mumtaz Begum stressed the need to educate elected representatives on the Act to facilitate better functioning of the BMP.

Opposition leader B R Nanjundappa and BJP councillor A H Basavaraju hoped that RTI Act would be used judiciously.

“The BMP’s new RTI cell has been set up a fortnight ago to centralise the deluge of applications sent to its various departments and zonal offices,” said BMP Commissioner K Jairaj, adding that a new system of indexing and cataloguing of records and storing data on microfilms and digitalising data would be introduced for easy retrieval and dissemination.

A panel of experts including Dr V Vijaykumar, professor of National Law School, K A Thippeswamy, State Information Officer Y G Muralidhara, consumer protection activist elaborated on the various provisions under the Act.

“Only by disseminating information to the common man can a government achieve transparency and accountability,” said Mr Uday Holla, advocate general, State government summed up the spirit of the Act.


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