Over 1.75 crore RTI applications filed in the country since 2005

A recent report shows the need for all information commissions to publish their annual reports for accurate RTI data

GN Bureau | October 6, 2016


#RTI data   #information commisions   #Right to Information   #RTI   #Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative  
Over 1.75 crore RTI applications filed in the country since 2005
Over 1.75 crore RTI applications filed in the country since 2005

India's Right to Information Act (RTI Act) will enter the 12th year of implementation on October 12. Under the law, all information commissions (ICs) established are obligated to report on the implementation of the law to the respective legislatures.

According to a report by Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), only a handful of annual reports were published this year. This makes it difficult to answer the most basic question – how many RTI applications are received from citizens all over the country in a given year?

Not all ICs come out with their annual reports in a timely manner. Few ICs have not published any annual report so far. A major reason for the delay in the preparation of the reports is lack of inputs from the public authorities through their parent ministries and departments. Although the ICs are known to press upon the respective governments to fulfill their reporting obligations, compliance is poor.

CHRI collated data on RTI applications from all the annual reports of the ICs which were available on their websites. Some of the major findings are:
 

  • Over 1.75 crore RTI applications are reported to have been made to the central and state governments between 2005 and 2015
  • The central government received more than a quarter (27.20 percent i.e., 47.66 lakh) of the 1.75 crore requests submitted by citizens. The government of Maharashtra received more than a quarter (26.40 percent i.e., 46.26 lakh) and Karnataka received 11.83 percent (i.e., 20.73 lakh). Together, the three account for almost two-thirds (65.43 percent) of the total RTI applications received.
  • RTI statistics published by 15 ICs during the period 2013-2015, a total of 26.60 lakh RTI requests were made by citizens every year in this period. By a conservative extrapolation of this data to other states which have not published annual reports during the same period, it is estimated that the total number of RTI requests submitted across the country in a year during this period is about 53-56 lakh.
    RTI activists show the figure of RTI applications to be 75-80 lakh per year.
  • None of the ICs that follow the financial year reporting cycle have published their annual reports for the year 2015-16.
  • Among the ICs that follow the calendar year reporting cycle, only Meghalaya and Sikkim have published their annual reports for the year 2015.
  • The Karnataka IC is the only body that has published online, all annual reports due since October, 2005.


The report also highlights the urgent need to ensure publication of annual reports by larger states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. Without data from these states which have a large number of RTI users and activists, it is not possible to draw accurate statistical data on the number of RTI applications filed in the country.
 

Comments

 

Other News

How Antyodaya Saral is simplifying everyday life in Haryana

From obtaining an electricity connection to a driver`s licence, ration card, or old-age allowance, delivery of government schemes and services is an aspect of governance that impacts citizens at various points throughout their lives. The Haryana state government provides over 600 such schemes and services.

A blueprint of India’s economic future: From a former RBI governor

From Dependence to Self-Reliance: Mapping India’s Rise as a Global Superpower By Bimal Jalan Rupa Publications, 184 pages, Rs 695 Bimal Jalan, a former governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has been one of our finest commentators on econom

Carbon neutrality: distant dream or a possible future?

While many countries have been chasing to reach the carbon neutral status, only a few seem to be living up to their pledges as of now. The famous ’Paris Agreement’ of 2015 was glorified and celebrated that finally 196 countries have united with an intent to mitigate and reduce the greenhouse ga

Agnipath: benefits and challenges on the path ahead

The government this week announced the Tour of Duty or `Agnipath` scheme for the recruitment of soldiers in the armed forces. Under this scheme new soldiers will be recruited only for four years. This radical and far-reaching scheme has attracted mixed reactions from various quarters. While some officials

Connecting credit card with UPI: What it means for you

UPI has become an integral part of our daily lives now. We use it to buy groceries, we use it to send money to friends and family, we use it to purchase tickets, book shows, pay the cab driver, and a whole host of other things due to the ease and availability of such a platform at our fingertips. The best

Gandhi’s letters to his youngest son also hold his aspirations for nation

Scorching Love: Letters from Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to his son, Devadas By Gopalkrishna Gandhi and Tridip Suhrud Oxford University Press, 528 page, Rs 1495 Gandhi’s era happened to be an era when letter-writing was a primary mode of communica

Visionary Talk: Sanjay Pandey, Mumbai Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter