CIC Registry to be streamlined: Tiwari

The new Chief Information Commissioner has decided to streamline the functioning of its central registry which has come under criticism from RTI applicants complaining of inefficient handling of their appeals.

Updated: Oct 05, 2010, 00:37 AM IST

New Delhi: The new Chief Information Commissioner has decided to streamline the functioning of its central registry which has come under criticism from RTI applicants complaining of inefficient handling of their appeals.

The central registry of Central Information Commission remains a sore point for the functioning of the transparency panel because of delays in registering complaints and appeals, Chief Information Commissioner A N Tiwari said.

Tiwari, who took charge last week, said streamlining of registry was his first priority. There have been complaints against the registry which is the nodal point for daily receiving hundreds of complaints and appeals. These are sorted at the registry and forwarded to concerned Information Commissioners.

Delays in registering cases results in more time being taken for fixing dates for hearing of appeals and complaints by the concerned Information Commissioners. "How to improve registry remains a big problem for us because of lack of government staff. When we outsource our work they don`t understand how to handle the operations and government staff doesn`t want to come here," he said.
"Either we don`t get the people we want or those who get here we don`t want them," he said adding the problem will be discussed with all the information commissioners and efforts will be made to decentralise the working of the registry.

PTI