CHATTING UP: MA Khan
Posted by rtiact2005 on August 4, 2006
CHATTING UP: MA Khan
|Bureaucracy is not cooperating, it’s difficult to bring in RTI revolution|
How many applications are entertained by the commission daily?
On an average, we entertain about 80-100 applications seeking information under RTI daily. However, these 80-100 applications include both genuine as well as non-genuine types of complaints. By non-genuine, I mean those applications of complaints which do not follow procedural norms to get an information under the RTI. What is the nature of most of the complaints registered at the commission?
From serious matters to petty issues, all are reported here. However, a majority of the complaints pertain to corruption. It’s obvioius. After all the RTI aims at bringing transparency in the government’s ‘style of functioning’.
Name some of the government departments whose information is normally sought by the applicants
A majority of the applications come in seeking information pertaining to three departments, first comes the Lucknow Development Authority, followed by the Basic Education department and then the Public Works Department (PWD).
According to you, how powereful a tool is the RTI?
The RTI is a very potent tool in handling corruption, provided all government officials entrusted the job of entertaining RTI-related issues shoulder their responsibility seriously. But, the general (mis)conception is that I alone in my capacity of chief information officer can uproot corruption from every government department. Mind you, weeding out corruption is not one man’s job.
What’s your take on the recent cabinet decision of not bringing file notings under the purview of RTI ?
I can only say that the RTI has been brought in to help the masses. Taking this into account, I will only say that governmnet should make all efforts to strenghten the Act.
How do you rate the success of RTI in the state
Since some secretaries are not co-operating in the implementation of the Act, the RTI cannot be rated as excellent, especially at the state level. But, taking into account the co-operation shown by some district level officers, we can say that it is sastisfactory. Meanwhile, the success of this Act also depends a lot on the media. After all it’s the reach of the media which only can spread awareness of the Act farand wide.