Delhites can get RTI info electronically

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New Delhi, Oct 15 (UNI) Delhites can soon seek information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act electronically, according to Minister of State in PMO Prithviraj Chavan.

Once draft of the project being prepared by the Department of Posts(DoP) is ready and is approved by the Prime Minister Office, Delhi State will be empowered to disseminate information electronically to RTI applicants, industry body Assocham quoted the Minister as saying at a conference here today.

The facility of providing information through Voice Mail Services will be subsequently expanded in other States and Union Territories, he added.

An applicant seeking information under the RTI Act will be required to file request through government accredited call centres which, in turn, will email it to the concerned department.

Subsequently, it would be responsibility of inter-governmental agencies to collate response and deliver it electronically to the applicant, saving time and paper work, said Chavan.

The model once ready will be operationalised after the PMO's approval and will not require nod by the Union Cabinet, he added.

On the issue of spectrum allocation and adoption of WiMax technology by government, the Minister said government is tyring to build a consensus on spectrum policy, adding policy to promote connectivity without the use of wires (WiMax) will be finalised shortly.

Currently, India has four million broadband subscribers but the target to raise it 10-fold to 40 million could be met by promoting wimax technology, he added.


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