Working of RTI to be reviewed tomorrow

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New Delhi, Oct 16 (UNI) The Central Information Commission (CIC) will take stock of the working of the Right to Information Act during the two years of its existence here tomorrow.

Vital issues relating to implementation of the Act at the state and local level will be discussed at a 'Conference of Central Information Commission with the State Chief Information Commissioners and the Information Commissioners' here.

The Central and the State Commissions have identified certain common areas which affect the effective implementation of the Act.

The suggestions received in this respect from the State Commissions have been grouped into four different Categories-- Enforcement of Section 4 of the RTI Act, Autonomy and other administrative matters relating to the Information Commissions, Enforcement of Decisions and penal clauses of the Act and the ''Future Evolution of the RTI Regime.'' Mr Wajahat Habibullah, Chief Central Information Commissioner will make a presentation on the 'Enforcement of operationalising Section 4 of the RTI Act.' The Senior Consultant to the Department of Information technology will give a presentation on 'E-District Projects'. This project may play a pivotal role in bringing about a change in rural areas through RTI Act.

The Conference will be attended by the Secretaries of the Department of Personnel and Training, the Department of Administrative Reform, Department of Information Technology, Member Secretary, Administrative Reforms Commission, DG, NIC Additional Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Joint Secretary, Department of Personnel and Taining, Joint Secretary, Department of Panchayati Raj.

Recommendations by the Chief Central Information Commissioner will be presented to the Minister of State for Personnel and Public Grievances Suresh Pachouri after the deliberations were over. The Minister would give the valedictory address.


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