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Monday, June 25, 2007

Call for separate RTI authority for Delhi

New Delhi: Right to information (RTI) activists, including Aruna Roy and Arvind Kejriwal, have called for a separate appellate authority for Delhi on the lines of the Central Information Commission (CIC). For all appeals against decisions of public authorities of the Delhi government under the Delhi RTI Act 2001 and the Central RTI Act 2005 go before Public Grievance Commission, which as the name suggests, is not meant to deal exclusively with Right to Information related cases. The demand for a separate RTI commission for Delhi was made at a meeting on transparent governance organised on June 16 and 17 by South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR).
The dept dealing with RTI at the Centre should not be department of personnel and training. Transparency in the method of appointing CIC commissioners. RTI Act be extended to J&K RTI training of personnel in public authorities be done with the help of RTI campaigners A process of public consultation of all laws and policies before being adopted
Publication: Times Of India Delhi; Date:2007 Jun 20; Section:Times City; Page Number 6

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