Sunday, June 27, 2010

Re: [rti_india] Re: Another example of why Habibullah is a puppet for special interests.


Dear Sarbajit,

1. Quote:

4. (1) Every public authority shall

a) maintain all its records duly catalogued and indexed in a manner and the form which facilitates the right to information under this Act and ensure that all records that are appropriate to be computerised are, within a reasonable time and subject to availability of resources, computerised and connected through a network all over the country on different systems so that access to such records is facilitated;


2. Section 4(1) begins with the use of word SHALL which makes the it mandatory on the Public Authorities to follow it's sub-sections, subject to the conditions laid therein.

The relevant conditions required to be met to ensure computerization of records, and thereby facilitate the access to such records in the desired form (i.e. Compact Disc) are:

a) Records that are appropriate to be computerized;
b) Reasonable time;
c) Availability of resources.

3. If all the above conditions are in the affirmative ( i.e. if there are appropriate records to be computerized, reasonable time has elapsed and necessary resources available), then implementing computerization of records under section 4(1)(a) is obligatory on every PA.

4. Once the records are computerized in compliance with the said section, there should not be a difficulty in providing the requested information in a CD form, and in fact it will be easy, convenient and mutually beneficial for both the PA and the information seeker.

Best Regards,


On Sun, Jun 27, 2010 at 9:05 AM, sarbajitr <> wrote:

Dear Bhaskar

1) Section 4(1)(a) does not make it obligatory for P/As to computerise the records. It enables them to do so if they are so inclined.

2) You can "request" information in form of diskettes only when it is stored on a computer or other device - not because the information is voluminous and would pinch your pocket.


--- In, Bhaskar Prabhu <mahitiadhikarmanch@...> wrote:
> Dear Sarbajit,
> I donot think Mr. Shekar Singh is unjust in asking in CD. In Section4(1)a it
> is obligatory for them to computarise the records, we also demand records in
> CD if it voluminous.
> Bhaskar

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