Staff Reporter

BHUBANESWAR: Taking a cue from prison administration, Orissa the State Information Commission here on Saturday announced to conduct hearing of cases through videoconferencing in future.

Videoconferencing facilities at State Information Commission here had been installed for promotion of Information, Education and Communication activities, and in future case hearing would be done after establishment of network in government establishments, said Chief Information Commissioner D. N. Padhi here.

“Case disposal process would be expedited through videoconferencing. We will hold awareness among rural masses so that they could take advantage of the facilities. We are trying to link-up with Revenue Divisional Commissioners' offices,” Mr. Padhi said.

Other two commissioners, Jagadananda and Pramod Mohanty, were also present on the occasion. The commission talked to collectors of Ganjam and Mayurbhanj through the videoconferencing system.

In another major new initiative, the information commission launched electronic gateway through which citizens could reach the commission from anywhere in the world to file complaint or appeal on the Internet.

The State Commission can now receive online the complaints in plain paper and second appeal in form ‘E', on its website.

“All registered complaints and appeals receive a system generated case registration number,” said Mr. Padhi.

The Commission was planning to make this facility available at all the Common Service Centres at the block level and headquarters of bigger gram panchayats and small towns. The complainant can get status at OIC reception counter using touch screen computer.