Info panel has no figures of harassed applicants

Bihar information commission does not have figures concerning applicants harassed for seeking information since the Right to Information came into force in October 2006.

Last Updated: Feb 29, 2012, 18:37 PM IST

Patna: Bihar information commission does
not have figures concerning applicants harassed for seeking information since the Right to Information came into force in October 2006, state Chief Information Commissioner
A K Choudhary said Wednesday.

The commission has received 70353 applications ever
since the implementation of the RTI Act in Bihar and out of
them 65455 have already been disposed off. The rest 4898
applications are pending for disposal, he said.

Choudhury said he also did not have information on
fines collected from public information officers under RTI Act
for violating it.

Harassment of applicants related to law and order and
the state home department looked after such complaints, he
said adding information could be obtained through the help
line of the department.

Citing instances of action against harassment to
applicants, he said a PIO was recently punished in Darbhanga
for allegedly harassing an applicant after probe by home
secretary and Darbhanga inspector general of police.

Choudhary said an international conference on
RTI would be organised here on March 2-3, which would be
participated by several renowned RTI activists from across the
world.

PTI