Doc­u­ment in­spec­tion fa­cil­ity not likely at Mantralaya

The Hitavada - - NATION -

THE Ma­ha­rash­tra Gov­ern­ment, which has de­cided to al­low peo­ple to in­spect of­fi­cial doc­u­ments once a week at the dis­trict level, is not likely to of­fer the same fa­cil­ity at the State head­quar­ters ‘Mantralaya’.

Con­sid­er­ing the num­ber of peo­ple who visit Mantralaya ev­ery day, pro­vid­ing doc­u­ments for in­spec­tion is not prac­ti­cally pos­si­ble, a se­nior of­fi­cial said on Thurs­day.

With a view to pro­mote trans­parency, the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion Depart­ment (GAD) is­sued an or­der re­cently that peo­ple can in­spect Gov­ern­ment records in dis­trict and lo­cal body of­fices un­der the Right to In­for­ma­tion (RTI) Act for two hours ev­ery Mon­day.

There was a de­mand from RTI ac­tivists that this should be al­lowed at Mantralaya too, the of­fi­cial noted.

“But we can not im­ple­ment it in Mantralaya be­cause of space con­straints,” he said. “Thou­sands of peo­ple visit Mantralaya on any given day. On spe­cial days, such as the day of Cab­i­net meet­ing, the num­ber goes up fur­ther. We can not man­age such a huge crowd,” he said.

An all-women’s con­tin­gent of Home Guard per­forms march past dur­ing Home Guard and Civil De­fence Raising Day Pa­rade, in Kolkata, on Thurs­day. (PTI)

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