As reported by PTI on on 1 May 2008:

Red tapism shadows RTI Act implementation in UP

It is a sorry state of affairs in Uttar Pradesh on the Right to Information (RTI) front, with close to half of the over 9,000 appeals and complaints made in a year yet to be disposed.

Between April 2006 and March 2007, the total number of appeals and complaints made under the transparency law stood at 9,946.

And of these, a total number of 4,088 appeals and complaints were pending disposal.

The information was given in a reply to an application filed by RTI activist Retired Commodore Lokesh K Batra to the Uttar Pradesh State Information Commission (UPSIC).

Batra had originally filed an RTI application with the UPSIC under Section 25 of the Act, which makes it mandatory for all State Information Commissions and the Central Information Commission to furnish reports on the implementation of law.

But he did not get the desired information even after filing the same RTI for two consecutive years.

In 2007, the UPSIC replied that the required information could not be provided as the report of the Commission for the last year had not been prepared.

''Due to acute paucity of staff, no such statement could be prepared by the Commission as desired by you so far nor it is still in such a position as to prepare and provide the same in near future,'' was the reply the RTI activist got.

Not ready to give up, Batra filed another RTI plea to know the monthly disposal of appeals and complaints with the UPSIC.

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