Special Correspondent

PANAJI: In yet another significant ruling aimed at curbing delay on the part of officials in furnishing information to public under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005, the Goa State Information Commission on Tuesday ruled that the law is that information should be provided as expeditiously as possible.

Time limit

"The common belief that a time limit of 30 days is allowed to a public information officer to furnish information, is therefore, not correct," according to the order of the State Chief Information Commissioner A. Venkataratnam and State Information Commissioner G.G. Kambli. In a case where the State Commission was called upon to decide over a complaint of "delay and insufficient information" by Samiro Pereira of Salcete in south Goa against the Superintendent of Police South Goa, the commission inter alia made it clear that Section 7(1) of the RTI Act, 2005, lays down the time limit of 30 days within which either the information should be provided or rejected with reasons. In fact, 30 days' limit is the maximum prescribed under the Act.

There is no provision for extension of this limit and the law is that the information should be provided as expeditiously as possible, according to the Goa State Information Commission.