Open Invitation for Joining in Mass Demonstration in front of Odisha Vidhansabha demanding withdrawal of Notification made to keep State Vigilance out of purview of RTI Act and Dismissal of Odisha Information Commission
RTI Act which has mandate to enforce transparency and accountability in the administration has empowered the citizens to access the information held by the Public Authorities. But the sunshine law is facing bleak future in Odisha due to nexus of corrupt bureaucracy and Odisha Information Commission. Since last eleven years, Nabin Patnaik Govt. have tried their best to destroy RTI Act by adopting numerous illegal and fraudulent means like prescribing illegal and absurd RTI Rules, making on-line application system inoperative, illegal provision for submission of proof of citizenship for RTI Applicants, dysfunctional of proactive disclosure of information under section 4(1b) by all the public authorities, illegally collecting fees for information from BPL people ( it has been withdrawn after High Court order), appointing useless and inefficient people as Information Commissioners etc. The last retrograde step to destroy RTI in Odisha is to keep State Vigilance out of purview of RTI Act. It is a dangerous move to provide protection to corrupt people and keep the people in dark about activities of State Vigilance.
The performance of Odisha Information Commission is equally dismal and discouraging. The information obtained under RTI Act about one year activity of both the State Information Commissioners shows how they are inefficient, useless and worthless to function as quasi-judicial body i.e., Odisha Information Commission. Taking monthly salary and other allowances of more than 2 lakhs, they just devote 10 to 15 days in a month for hearing the case and dispose just 30 to 35 cases. Annual Report has not been published by the Commission since 2013.
In view of it, thousands of RTI Activists under banner of Odisha Soochana Adhikar Abhijan will hold mass demonstration in front of Odisha Legislative Assembly on 23.9.16 at 10.30 AM demanding immediate withdrawal of the said Notification. Rally will start from Ram Madir Square at 10 AM and reach at 11 am at lower PMG. We invite all of you to join with us in demonstration in the greater interest of RTI in the state. .