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    'RTI reducing corruption by 15%'


    As reported by TNN on timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 08 April 2008:
    'RTI reducing corruption by 15%'-Pune-Cities-The Times of India

    'RTI reducing corruption by 15%'

    PUNE: Central information commissioner (CIC) M.M. Ansari claimed on Monday that the Right to Information (RTI) Act is reducing corruption at the rate of 15 per cent and has increased transparency in the country.

    "It is the perception of 'Transparency International' (the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption) that RTI has enabled decline in corruption in India at the rate of 15-20 percent. The annual report of TI shows that transparency is increasing," Ansari said.

    Ansari was speaking to the media on the sidelines of the meeting of members of the national co-ordination committee on Right to Information Act.

    He said some states were conducting research on reduction in corruption by getting feedback-forms filled by information seekers. Ansari said the feedback forms include questions like whether officers are demanding money or whether their conduct has improved. Ansari revealed that around 95 per cent decisions on RTI appeals have been given in favour of information seekers.

    Speaking about Monday’s meeting, Rajan Kashyap (convenor of the co-ordinating committee and CIC of Punjab) said a national resource centre for all matters relating to RTI would be established within three months.

    "The centre would co-ordinate the activities and initiatives within the purview of the Central Information Commission and the state information commissions. The Centre for Good governance, Hyderabad, has submitted a proposal for establishing the centre," Kashyap said.

    Another decision was to undertake modernisation and scientific management of all records in government offices.

    "The management of records is poor in all states. It has been decided that records should be upgraded in all states. This will facilitate data retrieval and delivery of information to the public under the RTI," Kashyap said.

    Ansari said that individuals, NGOs, media and institutions could give their suggestions on the RTI regime by email to mm.ansari@nic.in so that the suggestions could be considered by the committee while formulating its recommendations.

    The national co-ordination committee on the RTI Act has been formed in December 2007 by the central information commissioners and the state information commissioners to identify major obstacles in flow of information and to identify measures for removing them.

    The other tasks include spreading of public awareness and training as mandated by the RTI Act.

    The committee will be submitting its final report to the government before June 2008.

    K.K. Misra (CIC, Karnataka), Suresh Joshi (CIC, Maharashtra), G. Madhavan (CIC, Haryana), C.D. Arha (CIC, Andhra Pradesh), A.K. Vijayvargiya( CIC, Chhatisgarh) attended the meeting.




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    I just could not follow Mr.Ansari's claim that "95% of decisions on RTI appeals have been given in favor of the Information seekers " Is he referring to RTI in India ?

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    I really do not know the methodology and basis of information used to arrive at the figure of 15-20% reduction in corruption or that 95% decisions are in favour of information seekers.

    As per the CIC website itself, the latest annual report (2005-06) says:

    (please refer to pages 51 and 52 of the main report)

    APPEALS:
    =======

    Total Received: 451
    Accepted: 192 (42.5%)
    Rejected: 86 (19.1%)
    Remanded: 7 (1.6%)
    Others: 156 (34.8%)
    Pending: 11 (2.2%)

    From page 50 of the report:

    The Commission allowed 43 per cent of the appeals filed and rejected approximately 19
    per cent. However, it returned 35 per cent of the appeals, which belonged to the category
    termed as ‘Others’. These returned appeals were those where the Commissioners could
    not give a favourable or unfavourable decision. Since these could not be considered for a
    final decision, they were returned with suitable advice to the applicant. This indicates a
    lot of effort is required for, ‘…educating general public and develop and organise
    educational programmes to advance the understanding of the public, in particular of
    disadvantaged communities as to how to exercise the rights contemplated under the Act’
    (Section 26 of the Act).

    COMPLAINTS:
    ==========

    Total received: 252
    Total disposed: 241

    No further analysis of the complaints is available in the report or the CIC website.

    The Annual Report for 2006-07 has been delayed because Public Authorities have not submitted data to the CIC inspite of several reminders. The CIC website carries a message on its home page:

    sage for submission of Annual Returns (for 2006-07)
    Central Information Commission has fixed the deadline for submission of Annual Returns (for 2006-07) by 29.2.2008, failing which they will be treated as defaulters in the Annual report. The Public Authorities may submit their returns electronically.

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    I have so far filed 255 RTI applications including request, first appeals, second appels and complaints. Out of this I received favourable orders in 5 cases from SIC; but none of the orders of SIC were obeyed by the AA or PIO. Received favourable orders from AA in 10 cases where only one order is obeyed by the PIO. In 20 cases the PIO gave the information. Anyone can rate the performance.

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