<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shailesh Gandhi, former central information commissioner (CIC) on Sunday, speaking at a seminar, asked RTI propagators to seek information that is important, of public interest and get information commissions to pass order that such information should be part of section 4 (suo motu disclosure).Gandhi said, “I have filed a complaint for details of welfare funds to be put online by the government. An order was given by the commission but the details are still not up. I am now trying to follow that up with RTI applications. It may take time for them to upload but it’s important that information that could be of interest to citizens be given suo motu by public authorities. Such information citizens will be able to decide better as compared to details like salaries that are also to be given under suo motu disclosure. If authorities haven’t put up such information, then you should take up the issue and get the commission to pass orders for its implementation.”Gandhi also asked those gathered to use Act 21 of the state government that talks about disciplinary action on government servants. The Act is called Government Servants Regulation of Transfers and Prevention of Delay in Discharge of Official Duties Act, 2005. “While under RTI, disciplinary action can only be recommended, in this Act, if a file is not cleared in 45 days, disciplinary action can be taken. Most officers fear taking one thinking that it will have long term repercussions on the career of a person but it is a very stringent Act,” said Gandhi.The seminar was organised by NGO Tarun Mitra Mandal to celebrate its 10 years of propagating RTI.


Get info commissions to pass order on section 4: Shailesh Gandhi