बुधवार, 24 सितंबर 2008

CIC hauls DU for not implementing section 4 of RTI

Delhi University (DU) and its affiliated colleges have been hauled by the Central Information Commission (CIC) for not implementing section 4 of the Right to Information Act (RTI).
Section 4 of the RTI requires all public authorities to publish manuals, which voluntarily disclose information (under 17 listed points) of general interest and facilitate the process of accessing information.
The affiliated colleges and the varsity itself have not yet been able to accomplish what should have been done within 120 days of enactment of the RTI Act.
The CIC has ordered DU to update all of its online manuals, publish copies for public reference and make sure that all the colleges do the same by November 14, 2008.
The decision was taken by the CIC after an appeal was filed by the Youth Task Force (YTF), which works against corruption and ensures transparency in the system. It filed an appeal for the first time in November 2007 regarding the implementation of Section 4 of the RTI.
Aditya Prasad, Coordinator YTF said, "We had filed similar applications with Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) and Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) University and their response to the same was satisfactory. Delhi University's response, on the other hand was vague and the manuals uploaded on its website are incomplete. The situation is worse when it comes to colleges as many don't provide published information or even have an RTI link on their website".
"This is quite subjective. We do not think the information provided is incomplete. We will however, have to update the manuals as per CIC's order and ensure that the colleges comply as well", a varsity official said.

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