Reported by Basavaraj Itnal in The New Indian Express
Perhaps Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike would win the first prize hands down for dealing with maximum number of RTI applications in the state.
In last two years, it has received more than 6,000 applications under RTI.
BBMP has a maximum number of officers fined by Karnataka Information Commission (KIC) in the state.
But the civic body is yet to learn to deal with them effectively. In a latest development, commissioner S Subramanya has ordered that special cells be set up in the name of some busy body applicants with their name plates on the premise of Palike.
Right now two such cells are being set up--one in the name of V Bhaskar, editor of now defunct tabloid Mahanagara Palike, and another in the name of Araga Sundaram, editor of another tabloid Rama Ravana.
Subramanya this website's newspaper that these applicants file 10-15 applications every day only to make it impossible for officials to furnish information. Once Palike officials fail to furnish info, these applicants complain to KIC which imposes penalty, he added.
On the other hand, many officials are scared of some of the applicants whose aim is to harass them and not get information. Unscrupulous applicants then exploit this scare among the officials.
Owners of some buildings had also complained that an RTI applicant had claimed to be a Palike official and demanded bribe. However, Subramanya was not perturbed by these.
He said: “I have known of such instances. But what one does with information given by Palike is not in my control and as far as blackmail tactics by applicants are concerned, the officials should know how to deal with it legally.”
BANGALORE: January 8 2008