Delhi HC asks Govt. to consider creation of online RTI mechanism within three months [Read Order]
Delhi High Court has asked the State Government to consider the demand for an online RTI mechanism within three months. The Court made this order in a Writ petition filed by Mr. Rajeev Agarwal, who had submitted a representation to Delhi Government two years ago, seeking the following demands.
- create centralized RTI website for submission of RTI request and 1st appeal online and payment of RTI fees thereupon, as a universal access point for submitting RTI requests through internet in respect of every Public Authority functioning under Government of NCT of Delhi;
- online transfer RTI requests, 1st appeal and complaints through internet while following Section 6(3) of the RTI Act in respect of every Public Authority functioning under Government of NCT of Delhi;
- create the facility to upload the RTI application/appeal/complaint responses online in respect of every Public Authority functioning under Government of NCT of Delhi; and d
- constituting Call Centre as voice facilitation Centre for filing RTI applications and appeals over the phone;
The petitioner had approached the Apex Court which had directed the Government to consider his representation. As the Government did not yet consider his representation, the petitioner approached High Court by filing another Writ petition.
Taking note of the submission made by the Standing Counsel for Delhi Government, who told the Court that the representation would be considered and appropriate order would be passed in accordance with law, the Court directed that such an order shall be passed within three months.
Read the order here.