Thursday, February 24, 2011

[HumJanenge] Re: [HumJanenge GN Draft RTI rules: No mechanism to track public feedback

Dear Lokesh

I can inform you that DoPT has informed me that comments such as yours
would not be diarised or considered for the reason that you had already put
in your comments via the NAC route. The same applies to the detailed
objections put in by NGOs like CHRI which have also been discarded.

What Governance Now is publishing is old hat. I had specifically objected
to DoPT that no objections/comments from members of the public (other
than mine) can be legally considered by them. I am glad to see that they
are following my comments very carefully in your case.

BTW, have you got a copy of all the comments received. Were mine
among them ?


On Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 6:15 PM, lokesh batra <> wrote:

Draft RTI rules: No mechanism to track public feedback
Draft RTI rules were made public on December 10 last year

GN Bureau | February 23 2011
The department of personnel and training (DoPT) has once again proved that the governments policy to consult citizens on drafting laws is a sham.The department has no mechanism to maintain the comments it received from citizens on the draft right to information (RTI) rules. Due to administrative reasons the communication under reference was not diarised and it was placed in folder,was the departments reply to commodore (rtd) L K Batra who wanted to know if DoPT considered his feedback on the said rules.Batra had emailed his feedback.
By not maintaining records of communication received, DoPT is not only flouting the office procedure of record maintenance but also violating section 4(1) (a)of the RTI Act. This section says that the public authority should maintain all its records duly catalogued and indexed, said he.The applicant had also sought the procedure devised by the government to process the comments received in response to the DoPTs official memorandum of 10 Dec last.No specific procedure/policy has been laid down for processing the comments to the said OM, said the RTI reply.

On December 10 last, DoPT had put the drat RTI rules onm its website. It had invited public feedback on the same.The government has rejected the feedback of the national advisory council (NAC) on the mentioned rules.

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