Andhra Pradesh

Info chief raps officials over pending RTI cases

Right to Information (RTI) Act Commissioner Lam Tantia Kumari on Monday rapped the Chittoor officials for “poor” implementation of the Act in the district.

Ms. Kumari, who was in the city as a part of her three-day tour to review the pending cases related to RTI Act, pointed out that pending cases were in the rise since January this year. “More than 700 cases were cleared in the beginning of the year. As many as 582 cases have been registered till date which shows an increase in awareness among people about official apathy,” she said.

Referring to the status of pending cases, she said that most of the officials were trying to withhold the information sought under RTI Act. “The spirit of the Act has been tarnished with officials not striving for transparency and accountability,” she pointed out.

A 'Coordination Committee' headed by the Collector should meet regularly to keep a watch on the issues faced by the administration (including PIOs) at the field level. “This has never happened in the district. Many officials are being deployed on protocol duty to a steady stream of VIPs, while appalling situation prevails in rural areas,” she said.

Ms. Kumari further said that the officials were using RTI for their benefit. “Just because of the Collectors, vast tract of land have fallen into the hands of stronger sections of the society,” she maintained.

TTD falls under

the ambit of RTI

More than 25 cases were reviewed on the first day, with several of them being issued with show-cause notices and penalties for delays and unauthorised absence of officials. With regard to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) falling under the RTI Act, Ms. Kumari once again reiterated that the trust borad should be answerable under the RTI Act.

“With a parallel government being set up, the administration is enjoying all benefits, thriving on money donated by devotees. People have the every right to know about the ongoing activities and developments (information),” she asserted.



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