CIC to inspect Par House to oversee facilitation of RTI pleas

NEW DELHI: In the wake of a complaint that the Parliament House did not have a facilitation centre to cater to applications filed under Right to Information Act, the Central Information Commission has said it will inspect the august premises.

"On the complaint that no facilitation centre for RTI applications exists at the Parliament House Reception centre, the premises will be inspected by us at a mutually convenient time and date to satisfy ourselves on the established arrangements," Wajahat Habibullah said in an order passed yesterday.

Delhi-resident R L Kain raised his objections as part of his information application filed with the Lok Sabha (LS) Secretariat wherein he raised queries on a lot of issues including the use of words - "Harijan and Girijan" in the lower house.

He demanded a ban on the use of such words, which according to him were "unconstitutional and derogatory."

The LS Secretariat in response quoted its procedural rules to state that its Speaker was empowered to "expunge" from proceedings of the House any words which according to him were "defamatory, indecent, unparliamentary or undignified."

The Commission, which did not find anything wrong in the reply of LS Secretariat has, however, forwarded Kain's expression of concern to the Speaker of Lok Sabha Somnath Chatterjee, for his consideration.

CIC to inspect Par House to oversee facilitation of RTI pleas- Politics/Nation-News-The Economic Times