Government Departments, Ministries to be Ranked For Transparency Record
New Delhi, Oct 17: The departments and ministries under the Government of India will now be ranked for their transparency record by the Central Information Commission (CIC). The ranking will be done for all the ministries under the Centre, which have done suo moto disclosures, chief information commissioner RK Mathur was quoted as saying by TOI. “This information will help the departments do better, especially in terms of information being provided under section 4 of the RTI Act,” he said.
This is the first time that CIC is undertaking such an exercise. It has been reported that the CIC will not only rank departments and ministries, it will also provide information on what kind of information should actually be disclosed. “We can advise them on areas which could be covered under proactive disclosure, as well as areas where more information could be provided,” Mathur told TOI.
Section 4 of the RTI Act, 2005, provides for revealing information available with a department or ministry. Mathur said that lakhs of complaints and appeals reach the CIC. This provides the commission with a record of information that are being searched.
Mathur said that the CIC is planning to come up with an annual ranking. He added that the work on the annual ranking has already started and it would come out soon.
On this RTI activists said that this ease of getting information is going to go a long way. National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI)’s Anjali Bhardwaj said that they would want the “commission to monitor the kind of information being provided”. She added that although proactive disclosure of information was an integral part of the RTI, it wasn’t implemented across all the departments.