Maharashtra State Chief Information Commissioner disposes 5000 cases per year against around 250 cases disposed by each Odisha Information Commissioner
The effective implementation of any law requires robust Grievance Redressal Mechanism in place for time-bound disposal of any complaint with regard to non-implementation of the law. RTI Act has inbuilt mechanism of two grievance redressal procedures i.e., appeal under section 19 and complaint under section 18 of the Act. In case of violation of any provisions of the Act or denial of information or supply of misleading and false information, a citizen has liberty to file complaint or appeal against the erring PIO or Public authority before Information Commission. The Information Commission is empowered to hear and dispose the case and enforce supply of the Information and impose penalty ( Rs. 250.00 per day up to maximum Rs. 25,000.00 ) on PIO and recommend disciplinary proceedings against them.
But delay in disposal of the cases and pendency of huge number of cases in the office of Information Commissions has become matter of concern across the country. To reduce pendency and quick disposal of cases, the Information Commissions have adopted various methods.
Sri Ratnakar Gaikwad, Maharastra Chief Information Commissioner has disposed with written order record number of 20,002 cases ( 18,531 Second Appeals and 1471 Complaint cases ) from June 2012 ( date of joining ) to Feb. 2016. The average disposal of cases per year is 5000. Similarly, Sri Shailesh Gandhi, former Central Information Commissioner had disposed 20,400 cases during his tenure of 3 years and 9 months.
But the information obtained through RTI has exposed that the disposal of the cases by Odisha Information Commission is very low leading to rise in pendency up to 6000 cases by Dec.2015. During 7 months of their working as State Information Commissioners, Mrs. Sashi Prava Bindhani and Mr. L.N.Patnaik have disposed total no. of 269 cases (134 cases disposed by each Information Commissioner within 7 months). Earlier the former Information Commissioners like Sri Jagadanand Mohanty, Tarun Kanti Mishra and Sri Pramod Kumar Mohanty were disposing around 700 cases per year. The Odisha Information commission avails equal facilities, salary, allowance, accommodations as enjoyed by other State Information Commissioners and Central Information Commissioners.
Now, the question comes why Odisha Information Commissioners could not dispose more number of cases. It is due to their inefficiency, lethargic, idleness lack of knowledge and expertise to hear and dispose the case. Since beginning, the State Govt. has tried to dilute the Act and hatched conspiracy to keep the Information Commission defunct by appointing inexperienced and inefficient people like Mr. Jagadanand Mohanty in the post of Information Commission. The information Commission has continued to suffer and gained ill-reputation and miserably failed to give justice to the Information-Seekers. The long delay in disposal of the cases by the Commission has discouraged the people to file the case in the Commission to get justice. Keeping it in view, RTI Activists across the country have come to the street to demand to quicken disposal of the cases by the Commission. Sri Ratnakar Gaikawad, Maharastra CIC has said that for reducing the pendency in Commissions that is threatening the RTI Act, every Commissioner should pass an order on at least 25 appeals after hearing both sides on daily basis.