Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Gangtok,Nov24:The BJP today accused the Pawan Kumar Chamling government for gross violation of the provisions of the Right to Information Act (RTI) by way of appointment of multiple officials in each department.
The information seekers under RTI have been made to run from pillar to post to elicit replies to their specific queries as there were too many officials assigned for the job in each government department, the BJP Sikkim unit vice president Padam Bahadur Chettri told reporters here.
For instance, the Building and Housing department has as many as 18 officials assigned with the task of handling RTI queries, he said quoting to the reply of his question under the Act seeking the details of the government buildings constructed by the said department.
Not only that his query was returned unanswered, but the Building and Housing department returned his application saying that the query should have been addressed to the specific officials as there were 18 of them assigned to respond to RTI queries.
Stating that there should not be more than one official with each department assigned for the purpose of furnishing replies under the RTI Act, Chettri urged the Chief Information commissioner to ensure that the government departments in Sikkim stuck to the rules of the Act which was enacted to ensure transparency in the government.