RTI act 2005,came up ,applicable to a large section of society catering to more than 100 crores of population in this country.While piling of RTI application with public authorities may not be that large,but it is very large at 2nd Appeals ,it is because the PIO either did not reply or find ways to refuse taking Shelter of Sec.8 of RTI Act.Unfortunately there is one SIC in each state and one CIC to handle such voluninous appeals being filed .
I had visited recently SIC of Orissa State at Bhubaneswar to enquire about my 3 nos of second appeals sent on 29.11.2007 for which I did not receive any intimation except receiving my postal ADs.
Although the officials are very co-operative ,they told me "Sir,SIC is flooded with 2nd Appeals/complaints,now we are taking up cases of Sept.2007,it is difficult to find your three appeals from such a huge pile up of appeals see there in the cub board ,here and there ,but sure it will take another 2/3 months and notice will go to you,he politely gave his personal mobile number also for any enquiry ,as I told I have come from MP and I can not come frequently"
As an officer in Govt.sector I understand the plight,with one information comissioner ,how many cases can be handled a day,there is high dispropertion as to handling of cases versus cases received.
What the remedy,in such situation RTI is definitely loose the confidence of citizens.
May I tell that Courts are piled up with cases and the litigents just runs but millions pending,genuine ones suffering,others i.e accused/offenders enjoying.Even genuinee litigants dies intestate when matter pending,offenders makig a hay and laugh of the matter perticularly when the LRs donot take up the cases on want of funds and maladies of legal system.All such issues are deliberated in air conditioned auditorium but issues remain there only.
We the RTI activists can do any thing?