Pune police not 'transparent' yet
AS reported in Times of India 6 May 2008, TNN
PUNE: The Pune police have not made public certain information as mandated by the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005. A group of RTI activists from the city have said that the information should have been published way back in 2005.
According to a letter sent by the activists to the commissioner of police recently, certain provisions of section 4 of the Right to Information Act 2005 require every public authority to voluntarily publish a few categories of documents. This, the Act states, should be done so that citizens have to make use mimimum use of it to seek information.
The information that should have been disclosed mainly pertains to the rights, duties, budget, rankings, and strength of the police force.
According to the activists, it should have been published 120 days from the implementation of the Act, i.e. by October 12, 2005, and updated regularly thereafter.
The Act further says that any of various means, such as notice boards, newspapers, public announcements, media broadcasts or the internet, may be used for the purpose.
"The Act also empowers the public to inspect any public office, including those of the police," said
Vivek Velankar, one of the activists who wrote to the commissioner. In fact, Velankar and the other activists, who include Jugal Rathi, Vijay Kumbhar, Vihar Dhurve and Vineeta Deshmukh, inspected the police commissioner's office on Sunday.
Meanwhile, additional commissioner of police Rajendra Sonawane told reporters on Sunday that the particular information will be made public by June 30. "We have already asked the concern individuals to compile the information," he said.