CIC not happy with the implementation of Right to Information Act
Speaking at the 11th All India Lokayukta Conference organized by Delhi Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin, the Chief Information Commissioner of the Central Information Commission (CIC) Mr. Satyananda Mishra expressed unhappiness for the failure of the public authorities to comply with the proactive disclosure provisions of the Right to Information Act even after seven years since the transparency law came into effect.
Section 4 of the RTI Act mandates public authorities to make suo-motu disclosures and organize records within 120 days of enactment of the Act in 2005. It also requires them to duly catalogue and index all its records, publish all relevant facts while formulating important policies, provide reasons for administrative or quasi-judicial decisions and publish within 120 days, a 17 point information about the authority.
Mr. Mishra stated that the RTI Act acts as a defence mechanism against corruption and maintaining records and indexing would further help in combating corruption.
Vigilance Commissioner at the Central Vigilance Commission Mr. R Srikumar accepted that the record of CVC in nailing corrupt is very dismal and it is responsible for calling public apathy. He called for setting up an Indian Association of anti-corruption agencies and to make it a workable solution.