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    DDA, Delhi Police top list of RTI queries in capital

    DDA, Delhi Police top list of RTI queries in capital

    AS reported in Economic Times, Jun, 2008, 1109 hrs IST, IANS

    NEW DELHI: People in the capital seem to be most unhappy with the ways
    of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Delhi Police, if the
    number of applications made under the Right to Information (RTI) Act
    is any indication.

    According to figures compiled by Kabir, an NGO working on RTI, the
    capital's land management agency received 12,970 RTI applications from
    October 2005 to December 2007 and Delhi Police 12,229 during the same

    "We filed RTI applications in various departments of Delhi to
    understand the growth and trend of the RTI Act in the national capital
    since it was notified in 2005," Neeraj Kumar, who works with Kabir,

    "Delhi Police and DDA received maximum applications, which clearly
    implies that people face maximum problems at these places," he said.

    The other top government bodies in Delhi that received a large number
    of RTI applications are the education department (4,175), the food
    supplies and consumer affairs department (2,535), the Delhi Jal Board
    (1,698) and the office of the commissioner of industries (1,496).

    "The process of getting this data was not smooth at all. Several
    departments didn't give us any data and we have filed a first appeal.
    We are still pursuing those applications," Kumar added.

    As far as the lowest number of RTI applications is concerned, the chit
    fund department got only 13 applications. Other departments receiving
    fewer applications are planning (17), archaeology (25), Home Guards
    and civil defence (34) and public works department (57), the data

    According to the RTI Act, if an applicant does not get the required
    information, he or she can file a first appeal in the same department
    with a senior official. However, if he is not satisfied with that
    reply, he can file a second appeal at the Information Commission.

    In cases that needed first appeals, Delhi Police topped the list.
    "Delhi Police received the highest number of first appeals at 1,177
    followed by the education department (447), Delhi Jal Board (260), DDA
    (258), the department of training and technical education (251) and
    the transport department (122)," said Kumar.

    Delhi Police were again leading the list of cases where second appeals
    were filed.

    The number of second appeals filed against Delhi Police, DDA, the
    education department, the department of training and technical
    education, Delhi Jal Board and the food supplies and consumer affairs
    department are respectively 135, 81, 59, 45, 20 and 14.
    "We analysed the data and found that departments like Delhi Police,

    DDA, the education department and Jal Board are those where a common
    man in Delhi faces maximum problems," said Kumar.
    On data regarding RTI applications before the Municipal Corporation of
    Delhi, Kumar said: "We have received some data from MCD and a part is
    awaited. It is huge and will take a lot of time in compilation."

    DDA, Delhi Police top list of RTI queries in capital- Politics/Nation-News-The Economic Times

  2. Re: DDA, Delhi Police top list of RTI queries in capital

    If along with the numbers NGO can provide the type of RTI query or the broad category then it is can be found out what type of queries are raised by citizens. It may be possible that may query will be among the statutory information under RTI Act which the organization has to publish sou motto.
    RTI India Network Staff Member

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    C J Karira
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    Re: DDA, Delhi Police top list of RTI queries in capital


    Actually, the Delhi Government is one of the few State Governments in the country which has a very exhaustive website on RTI.

    It provides RTI application statistics, searchable data base of questions asked so far, status of applications, status of appeals, statistics of applications and appeals, etc.

    It also lists the Sec 4 RTI suo moto disclosure of the 17 point manual of each department.
    Last edited by karira; 30-06-08 at 10:31 PM.

  4. Re: DDA, Delhi Police top list of RTI queries in capital

    dear friends
    do the number of RTI applications received indicates the problems with the department or the level of citizen interaction with the dept. if we say that delhi homoeopathy council does not get any RTI then will it mean that people are happy with it or something else.
    please give ur opinion


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