Officials denying info by giving lame excuses

Proper use of RTI Act will pave way for good governance, accountability and development
‘Kadapa officials gave irrelevant information, instead of the information sought’

KADAPA: People should gain awareness of the Right to Information Act in order to optimally utilise it for their benefit and it is in this regard that Sahachara Vedika (RTI Act Protection Committee) plans to enlighten about one lakh people, its convenor M. Venkataswamy Reddy said on Saturday.

Addressing a meeting at YSR Memorial Press Club here, Mr. Reddy accused officials of denying information to people in some cases by giving lame excuses.

RTI Act should be invoked to monitor any misuse of Government funds and curb favouritism.
He warned of a movement against denial or delay of officials in parting information to those seeking it. People should gain awareness on properly using the available information, he said.

Lok Satta leader P. Venugopal said proper use of RTI Act would pave way for good governance, accountability and development of the society. An office is to be started here soon to assist those seeking information under RTI Act, he said.

S. Nazeer recalled that information sought under RTI Act led to a vigilance inquiry into the quality of construction of Satellite City.

TNTUC district president S.A. Sattar resented that his application under RTI Act was pending in the Collectorate for the last three months. He alleged that Kadapa Municipal Corporation officials gave irrelevant information, rather than the information sought.

An advocate, L. Nagasubba Reddy, wanted optimal use of the Act.

Consumers Association president Munuswamy, CITU district president A. Raghunatha Reddy, Praja Rajyam district official spokesman N. Srinivasa Rao, TDP leader S. Jilani Basha, Anwar Hussain and Child Rights Protection Committee member S. Haroon, MPDO M. Suresh and some employees participated.

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