THIS is in reference to a writeup published in your esteemed paper titled as “Information under RTI through Online mode” by Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat. The Govt officials are in a habit of denying information and when these officials retire they are on the forefront of using the Right to Information Act (RTI). This is my personal observation during the last several years. Govt of India has not only destroyed the institution of RTI in J&K, but it is our own officers and bureaucrats from Kashmir who keep denying information and take citizens for granted but when these bureaucrats and officers retire they use the same law to get information on pensionary benefits etc. I am not only criticizing officers but even the clerical staff in Govt offices never want to share information with people as they think Govt documents and records are their inherited property.
Author has rightly said that digitization of the RTI process is need of the hour. By moving from one post office to another in search of a Postal Order or sending an application by registered post or speed post seems totally absurd when Govt claims to be inching towards digital revolution. I appeal to the Commissioner Secretary General Administration Department and Secretary Information Technology to sit together some day and discuss this issue seriously. Govt must receive and take applications through a digital mode now.
Sajad Hussain Mir
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