Pendency of second appeals
CIC and majority of SCICs are burdened with pendency of appeals, which ultimately frustrate spirit of RTI Act. I suggest that they should impose maximum penalties on the CPIO & FAA, so that they [CPIO/FAA] will be seriously and properly discharging their duties under this act. In Gujarat, the state officials have taken RTI seriously because of strict approach of SCIC. My experience with state RTI had been very satisfactory. If CPIO/FAA start properly discharging obligations under the act, number of second appeals will be reduced. At present CPIO/FAA hardly care of CIC/SCIC, as they are sure that there will be either no penalty or minor penalty etc and hence they refuse to perform under the act resulting in second appeal. Members may discuss.
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