29 September 2006

Information



The Tamil Nadu Chief Information Commisioner spoke about the 'Right to Information Act' at a meeting held in Vellore, Tiruvannamalai District this week:

"The Public cannot be denied information about the Government's development programmes."

He continued with saying that the Media should spread awareness about the Information Act to enable members of the community to understand that they have a right of information. The Information Act also requires that all submitted requests to heads of various Government Departments have to be attended to within a stipulated time of 30 days.

3 comments:

Divyakka said...

Well this just is mind-boggling and mind-numbing! What a step in the right direction! I would imagine the revered Information Commisioner better have a bodyguard now. Most of the government can't be happy about the spread of such information!

Arunachala Living said...

They say it but what happens? In the U.K. the Labour Government passed a similar law but they have put so many clever subtle provisos on it that its all nonsense. It started off okay but when people asked for particular information that made it embarrassing for the Government - all of a sudden things became, 'can't say this because of National security' - etc.

Divyakka said...

Good observation! So it makes the govt look good when all goes on pretty much the same. Clever...