Chief Information Commissioner Siby Mathews has said that the indifferent attitude of public information officers in government offices must change so as to ensure the realisation of transparency that is envisaged through implementation of Right to Information Act.

Delivering the key note address at a seminar organised in connection with the Darsana International Book Fair on Friday, Mr. Mathews said that the public faced great hardships in obtaining relevant information from various government offices in the State. The mindset of government officials was responsible for the situation.

Utmost transparency could be ensured by publishing all relevant data on the website of all government offices, he suggested.

He added that stringent measures have been adopted against information officers who have refused to furnish the information requested by the public.

Inaugurating the programme, Culture Minister K.C. Joseph said that there is an increasing trend of attempts being made to misuse the facilities provided through the Act.

He said that the implementation of the Act has brought about accountability among government officials.

Former Supreme Court judge Cyriac Joseph stressed the need to ensure that the efforts to ensure transparency did not encroach upon one’s privacy.

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