About 2.44 cr RTI ap­pli­ca­tions filed dur­ing 2005-2016: Re­port

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Around 2.44 crore ap­pli­ca­tions un­der the Right to In­for­ma­tion (RTI) Act have been filed with var­i­ous cen­tral and state govern­ment de­part­ments by ci­ti­zens, NGO Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional In­dia said to­day.

The RTI Act, which em­pow­ers ci­ti­zens to seek in­for­ma­tion re­lated to gov­er­nance from govern­ment de­part­ments, was en­acted in 2005. "Dur­ing the year 2005-06 to 2015-16, to­tal num­ber of RTI ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived by pub­lic au­thor­i­ties in In­dia in­clud­ing the Union and state gov­ern­ments are 2,43,94,951," the NGO said in a re­port.

Among states, Ma­ha­rash­tra re­ceived the high­est num­ber of RTI ap­pli­ca­tions, it said. Dur­ing the year 2005-06 to 2015-16, the Govern­ment of In­dia re­ceived 57,43,471 RTI ap­pli­ca­tions, whereas Ma­ha­rash­tra got 54,95,788 such queries dur­ing 2006 to 2015, the re­port said.

A to­tal of 13,48,457 sec­ond ap­peals and com­plaints were re­ceived by all in­for­ma­tion com­mis­sion­ers - in the cen­tral and state in­for­ma­tion com­mis­sions, ex­clud­ing Tamil Nadu - dur­ing 200506 to 2015-16, it said. Sec­ond ap­peals and com­plaints are filed with ei­ther the cen­tral or state in­for­ma­tion com­mis­sion if peo­ple are not sat­is­fied with the re­sponse of the de­part­ments con­cerned on their RTI ap­pli­ca­tions. Ut­tar Pradesh, Mad­hya Pradesh, Jhark­hand and Sikkim are not pre­par­ing manda­tory an­nual re­ports reg­u­larly. Hence, data of th­ese states does not re­flect real sit­u­a­tions, the re­port said.

"Anal­y­sis of data sug­gests that RTI has achieved a lot but clearly, the trans­parency Act it­self is los­ing teeth.

The na­tion surely needs a fresh strug­gle against cor­rup­tion to bring forth the un­tapped po­ten­tial for which the RTI Act was en­acted," said Rama Nath Jha, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional In­dia.

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