गुरुवार, 15 जून 2017

10,000 cases pending with Odisha Information Commission

Total No. of 10,000 cases pending with Odisha Information Commission- RTI is almost dead in Odisha
Dear friends

Just few days back, Nabin Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha has asked the District Collectors to enforce transparency and stop corruption in administration. It sounds good and might be inspiring. But in practice, Nabin Patnaik neither wants corruption  to be  checked nor  transparency to be enforced in administration. RTI Act which came into force w.e.f. 12th October, 2005 across the country including Odisha (except Jammu & Kashmir) has mandate to enforce transparency in the administration. But astonishingly,   from the day one, the state Govt. conspired to dilute and destroy RTI Act by way of framing anti-people, illegitimate and absurd Odisha RTI Rules, 2005 and giving appointment of useless, lethargic, inefficient and corrupt people as Information Commissioner.  The cumbersome procedure  for filling compulsory RTI Application, illegal demand of proof of citizenship from Information-seekers, illegal collection of fee for First Appeal and Second Appeal etc.  under Odisha Rules  is meant not to allow  the common people  to access the information. Similarly,  Nabin Patnaik Govt.  has made  the Information Commission defunct by appointing  useless, lethargic, inefficient and corrupt people as Information Commissioner. These Information Commissioners neither  hear the case properly  due to lack of  knowledge  about the law nor write the decisions effectively.  Due to their inefficiency, they manage to hear case 12 to 15 cases per day and close the hearing  by 1.30 PM.  Due to less number of cases being heard by the Commissioners,   the pending of the cases  is increasing every year and rate of disposal of the cases by Commission is also declining rapidly. Mrs. Sashi Prava Bindhani and Sri L.N.Patnaik  has been  proved  as worst Information Commissioners in Odisha since 2006.

RTI Application was filed to Odisha Information Commission seeking information about  details of  cases received, disposed and pending  since 2006.  The information supplied by the PIO dated 8.6.17 is as follows.
Year

Cases received
Cases disposed
Cases pending
Complaint cases filed under section 18 of the RTI Act
2006

644
309
335
2007
335
1972
381
1926
2008
1926
1973
527
3372
2009
3372
2557
886
5043
2010
5043
3344
1570
6817
2011
6817
3310
5163
4964
2012
4964
2781
6265
1480
2013
1480
1733
2168
1045
2014
1045
709
1463
291
2015
291
501
69
723
2016
723
600
136
1187
2017 (upto 31.5.2017)
1187
253
98
1342
Second Appeals under Section 19(3) of the RTI Act
2006

202
108
94
2007
94
437
152
379
2008
379
370
129
620
2009
620
373
132
861
2010
861
421
273
1009
2011
1009
605
456
1158
2012
1158
2197
1274
2081
2013
2081
3111
2003
3189
2014
3189
3182
2841
3530
2015
3530
3229
657
6102
2016
6102
3121
1240
7983
2017 (upto 31.5.2017)
7983
1316
1044
8255

Comments
a.    It shows that Total cases (Complaint Case + Second Appeal) pending with Odisha Information Commission is   9597.
b.    The way the information Commissioners are  hearing  the cases,    If  someone files a complaint case to-day, his/her case will be heard  after 3 years. If the information is supplied after 3 years, the said information may have lost its relevance. That’s why the Common people are seen not interested to   file cases in  the office of  Information Commission.
c.     Similarly, the PIOs are also casually dealing RTI applications and denying information being pretty aware  that  the case will be heard after three years with no penalty, as the Commission hardly imposes penalty  on erring PIOs.

The moot question is  how transparency will be enforced  without effective implementation of RTI Act in Odisha. So Nabin Patnaik’s  claim of enforcing transparency is sheer deception.   


Pradip Pradhan
M-9937843482

Date-15.6.17 

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