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Hiding behind a stack of RTI pleas

When the Right to Information Act came into force on October 12, 2005, Tamil Nadu was one of the states that put in place a system aimed at implementing it in earnest. Ten years later, the system lies in a shambles, transparency has become a casualty.

RTI applications are piling up as only three of the four available information commissioners hear cases on any given day.

The Act says that every state can have 11 information commissioners, including the chief information commissioner. However, the state government has sanctioned posts for only seven information commissioners.

Adding to delay and pile-up is the commissioners' intransigence that they hear cases in a hall. The Tamil Nadu State Information Commission (TNSIC) building has only three court halls.

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DATED: Wednesday, 06 May 2015 11:06
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