HRD most sought after department in terms of RTI queries
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 22, 2010, 19:03
  
Patna: A total 20 per cent of the applications under the Right to Information Act were directed to the human resources department (HRD) in Bihar on education-related activities, state Information Commission Secretary B B Pandey said today.

Of the total 3295 RTI applications received in 2008-09, 597 of them were directed at HRD, he said here.

The Cabinet Secretariat department received 244 applications under RTI, while the personnel and administrative reforms department had 211 queries, he said.

The Health Department (188), Rural Works Department (159), food and consumer protection department (143) and Panchayati Raj department (140) were among the other departments to get a large number of RTI applications.

The Home Department received 120, energy department 107, social welfare department 102 and the cooperative department 101 applications, he said.

Meanwhile, the state government's decision to popularise the RTI Act by enabling the people to ask questions to the concerned department over telephone has evoked good response with 16598 people availing the facility in 2009-10 of which 8838 applications have been disposed of.

Bihar is the only state in the country to allow RTI applications via telephone, official sources said adding the facility was launched in January under 'Jankari' scheme.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, August 22, 2010, 19:03


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