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Information office more accessible now

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 28, 2006

Information office more accessible now
 
DH New Service Bangalore:

http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/jul282006/city203322006727.asp

One more hurdle in procuring information from the government was eliminated on Thursday, after the Karnataka State Information Commission shifted its office out of Vidhana Soudha, into its new office at the MS Building (III Floor, Gate 1).

A year after the Right to Information Act was implemented in the State, the common man found it difficult to approach the Commission in Vidhana Soudha due to tight security. But now, the new office is not only people-friendly, it also has added a court room, where hearing will be held from Monday to Friday between 11.30 am and 3 pm.

“Despite initial reluctance to part with information, the government officials are forthcoming in disclosing information, except in cases where the information could hamper investigation. Some offices had denied information citing that records were lost. But they have been given a warning to maintain permanent records,” said Mr K K Misra, Chief Information Commissioner. The Annual report will give details of the number of applications received in each district, he added.

“In the last six months, the Commission has received 181 appeals, out of which 89 have been disposed of. Further, 151 of the 387 complaints were disposed of. A large number of complaints were related to urban development department, BMP, CMCs, BDA and co-operative housing societies,” said Mr K A Thippeswamy, State Information Commissioner.

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