New Delhi: Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office and Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Dr Jitendra Singh, Thursday 14 May, stated that concerted efforts for smooth transition from the J&K RTI Act 2009 to the Central RTI Act 2005 have been taken by offices of Ministry of Home Affairs, DOPT and Central Information Commission consequent to the passing of J&K Reorganisation Act 2019, the J&K Right to Information Act 2009 and the Rules thereunder that have been repealed and Right to Information Act 2005 and the Rules thereunder enforced from 31 October 2019.
The Minister informed that till 10 May 2020, 111 second appeals/ complaints (fresh) cases from the Union territory of J&K have been registered in the CIC consequent to the J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019. The Commission has decided to start hearing of these cases from 15 May 2020.
We have taken a proactive initiative to provide justice at doorstep to the citizens of J&K – Bimal Julka, Chief Information Commissioner
Chief Information Commissioner Bimal Julka held a Video Conference meeting on 14 May 2020 with the Lieutenant Governor of Union Territory of J&K G C Murmu and the Chief Secretary of the UT of J&K BVR Subrahmanyam regarding implementation of Right to Information Act, 2005, consequent to the passing of J&K Reorganisation Act 2019 and to assess the preparedness and move ahead with the hearings.
During the CIC’s video conferencing with the Lt. Governor and Chief Secretary of J&K to discuss preparedness for implementation of the RTI Act 2005 in the UT, both sides noted each other’s concerns and it was also decided to hold webinars to educate the CPIOs/ first appellate authorities in due course. More such conferences are scheduled in future.
A request has also been made to transfer cases of second Appeals/complaints pending with the State Information Commission of J&K prior to 31 October 2019. Chief Secretary of UT of J&K has also been requested to share the list/details of CPIOS and FAAS nominated by the Public Authorities.
Beside the training for CPIOS and FAAS, the proposal for registration/alignment of Public Authorities of Union Territory of J&K on RTI online portal of Department of Person and Training is also being taken up with DOPT.