Amritsar, July 3
The Punjab Information Commission (PIC) officials would set up counters at district headquarters across the state to speed up disposal of complaints received under the right to information Act.

This was stated by chief information commissioner Rajan Kashyap while addressing here on Tuesday. For the purpose, five benches would also be constituted. He said the state government has approved the proposal of the commission to set up tnformation counters in Suvidha Kendras of all the districts and camps would be held to create awareness among the public regarding the Act. He rued that even the information officers were not fully aware of the rights of people under the RTI Act.

The CIC further said a sum of Rs 35 lakh has been earmarked for providing necessary training to the information officers for speedy disposal of complaints. He said the commission has also sent a proposal to the state government to give powers to the deputy commissioners to review the cases at their own level.

Replying to a query, Kashyap said barring the information pertaining to central intelligence and security agencies, information from all departments has to be provided within 30 days and 48 hours in cases where life or liberty is involved. He said a number of cases under RTI were being catered by various departments daily but the commission has received 2,474 complaints so far, out of which 1,249 have been redressed and the remaining would be taken care of within the stipulated time.

He stressed on the need to make people aware of RTI Act so as to eliminate the scourge of corruption. It will also ensure accountability, he added. Earlier, DC Kahan Singh Pannu informed that so far 93 applications have been received under RTI, out of which 69 cases have been disposed of. The remaining would be settled within a month. He said the Suvidha Kendra in the district administration complex was being renovated so that an RTI counter may be established there.

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