More awareness needed on RTI Act: Commissioner
The State Information Commissioner P Vijayababu said that efforts should be made by media and information activists to create more awareness among people and the officials on the provisions of the Right to Information act and its utility.
Interacting with the press persons here today, he said, even after seven years of enactment, still clear understanding was lacking among the people and also the officials on the RTI act, as such media has to play a vital role in creating proper awareness by taking up campaigns.
"Several information officers were considering giving information under the RTI act as an additional duty which is not at all correct. Under the act it is their primary responsibility.
They should view the provisions of the act in its spirit but not by the sections mere treating it as a ritual. They should render service to the information seekers treating them with utmost courtesy.' he added.
Replying to queries, he said East Godavari district was better in implementation of the RTI act when compared to the other districts in the state. Even in providing information to the Commission, the district administration was very prompt and effective, he remarked.
Joint Collector Babu Ahmed who was present informed the commissioner that the administration had embarked upon the programme of digitalizing the records and already records of last 40 years were scanned and digitalized.
Efforts are also being made to provide ready information of the digitalized records through touch screen through 'e-office' net work. Earlier Vijayababu was felicitated by the town journalists both print and electronic media.
The commissioner replying to felicitations described it as an honour for the entire journalistic fraternity as the profession elevated him.