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    Bid on to expedite RTI replies: Dasmunsi


    Bid on to expedite RTI replies: Dasmunsi

    Kolkata, January 2 The Union Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry is working to expedite the process of answering queries under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, said the I&B minister, Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, while addressing an interactive session organised by the Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BNCCI) in the city on Wednesday.

    “When we started with RTI, we were not fully equipped and the entire process of accepting RTI applications and imparting the needed information was a lengthy one. We are working towards expediting the process,” he added.

    The minister admitted that since answering of RTI petitions took a long time, at times the whole purpose of filing the RTI was lost. He said the petitioners could play an important role to speed up the procedure by not filing queries that are of no social relevance.

    “RTIs are useful when the questions relate to allocation of funds and how they have been utilised or otherwise. But enquiring why a certain government official was transferred or promoted has no common purpose. RTI should not be used for targeting individuals or for a personal agenda,” Dasmunsi said.

    He said he had instructed his officials to prioritise information and first answer queries that are socially relevant and then move to others.
    He lauded the media for playing a constructive role in uniting the country during crises. People should not resort to criticising the media for bringing “dreadful truths” to the fore.

    “Media should not be treated as a subordinate of the political system. It should be allowed to bring out the truth courageously and objectively,” said Dasmunsi.

    By writing only positive things about the government, the press ran the risk of making the government complacent. “It is important to expose the shortcomings of the government so we can rectify them,” the minister added.

    Bid on to expedite RTI replies: Dasmunsi



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    Quote Originally Posted by karira View Post
    He said he had instructed his officials to prioritise information and first answer queries that are socially relevant and then move to others.
    Can members clarify if "prioritise information" and answer some queries before others, is allowed under the RTI Act 2005 ? As per the Act, PIO has no such powers.

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    Re: Bid on to expedite RTI replies: Dasmunsi


    Actually through RTI these minister want to justify the presence of Govt. only and do not want to maintain transparency in organisation of Govt. If Govt will not maintain tranparency and accountability in his own organisation how they expect the employees will maintain tranparency in their working. Transparency and accountability is needed everywhere even in transfers and promotions. If we feel justice with us we will do justice with others. Actually some cunning persons are taking so many benefits in Govt and these fellows are only problems with us. If we will maintain tranparency and accountability right from President to a common man we will create a tension less society.

    RTIs are useful when the questions relate to allocation of funds and how they have been utilised or otherwise. But enquiring why a certain government official was transferred or promoted has no common purpose. RTI should not be used for targeting individuals or for a personal agenda,” Dasmunsi said.

    I am from accounts side I know that to prepare bills is not hard job to cunning officers what our minister want to say I could not understand. Problem is not of income and expenditure but only problem to country is tranparency and accountability. The developement of bribe is due to non accountability. Actually effective person do not want pierce the right place.
    Why we are feeling problem "how RTI is being used by public"

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    Re: Bid on to expedite RTI replies: Dasmunsi



    Accountability and transparency is required in all actions of governance, "promotions, transfers, working" is all done in "public interest" hence such "actions" cannot be treated "differently" for accountability and traansparency.



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