Directions on RTI regulations – Rising Kashmir – 1 Nov. 2010

Srinagar, Nov 01: Complying with the directions of the JK grievance cell (jkgrievance.nic.in) the district administration has issued a circular to all the departments falling within the jurisdiction of Rajouri district to make necessary arrangements within a month time to comply RTI regulations and provisions such as appointment of Public Information Officers and Appellate Authority which is mandatory under the provisions of JKRTI ACT 2009.This development came after an RTI activist Raman Sharma filed a complaint with the grievance cell ( vide complaint no 16335 dated 09/09/2010 ) that the government offices and Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU) has not designated PIO and also not mentioned RTI Act in their official websites. In the prayer before the JK Grievance cell the complainant has requested the Chief Minister to direct the district administration for proper implementation of the RTI Act. Pursuing the directions of the district administration the authorities of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU) has designated Registrar, Mohammed Rashid Choudhary as PIO and assistant Registrar has been assigned the task of Assistant Public Information Officer with immediate effect.

In another similar case, RTI activist Ayaz Mughal of Poonch also filed a complaint with the JK grievance cell complaining about non implementation of RTI Act in district Poonch and non-functional websites of the district administration Poonch. Taking serious cognizance of the complaint received from the JK grievance cell, DC Poonch immediately issued necessary directions in this connection and made required arrangements for up gradation of the website and mentioned RTI Act.

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