23 information officers appointed to tackle piled up RTI applications
Compelled by the increasing number of complaints against the state Waqf Board for not replying to application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Aurangabad information commissioner had asked the board to appoint more information officers across Maharashtra.
Following promptly on the direction, the Waqf board has appointed twenty three (23) new pulic information officers in the state. Earlier, the board had only six information officers to oversee the RTI applications from across the state which had led to piling up of RTI queries. Now, the board has information officers in each of its departments. Also, the Wakf board chief executive officer has been made the chief information officer of the board.
Waqf board officials stated unofficially that due to hundreds of RTI queries received by the board every month, most of them related to non-occupied prime land in the state, they are forced to look for records and hardly get the time to go for their regular works.