Wednesday, October 21, 2009

TN Information Commission left out of National Survey

National RTI awards is an Arvind Kejriwal led initiative, to honour the best user of RTI, best PIO and best Information Commissioner in India. For the award of the best Information Commissioner the team analysed more than 50,000 decisions from all the Information Commissions of India. For TN the team studied decisions after taking them from the website of the TN SIC. But in TN, there is the unique procedure of passing orders without conducting hearings. Such orders which are passed without hearings are not uploaded to their website. The RTI awards team did not realise this, though they had received the information under RTI from the TN Information Commission, that TN had disposed more than 40,000 appeals in 2008. When they realised the discrepancy between the 40,000 appeals that were claimed to have been disposed, to the 900 decisions available on the website, they disqualified TN from the survey. The Delhi team asked Nityanand to organise a press conference and release the interim national report. This was done yesterday where most English and Regional language papers attended the press conference. A couple of regional TV channels also attended it. Here are the reports.

TN info panel disqualified for national award
Only 27% RTI applicants get info sought
RTI Act: TN commission not facilitating access to info, say NGOs
T.N. Information Commission disqualified in survey

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