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MIB received 5,771 RTI applications in last three years

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has received 5,771 RTI applications in the last three years until 30 January 2016. 

Information was furnished within 30 days in 4,795 cases while in 976 cases the information was furnished after 30 days, Minister of State in the MIB Rajyavardhan Rathore said in the Lok Sabha. 

The ministry had received 1,926 RTI applications in 2013, 1,832 in 2014, 1,870 in 2015, 143 in 2016 up to January 2016. 

Information has been furnished on 106 applications in 2016 up to January within 30 days from the date of receipt of the application. The number was 1,741 in 2013, 1,475 in 2014, and 1,473 in 2015. 

There are 37 cases in 2016 up to January wherein information was not provided within 30 days from the date of receipt of the application. The same was 185 in 2013, 357 in 2014, and 397 in 2015. 

According to Rathore, the reasons for not providing timely information were unavailability of information, huge volume of information scattered in various files and the lack of clarity on the information sought, etc.

As per the Right to Information Act, 2005, it is mandatory on the part of the Public Information Officer either to provide the information or reject the request for any of the reasons specified by the RTI Act within 30 days of receipt of the request for information. However, information concerning life or liberty of a person has to be provided in 48 hours of the receipt of request. 

Similarly, as per the RTI Act, an appeal shall be disposed of within 30 days on its receipt by the First Appellate Authority or within such extended period not exceeding a total of 45 days from the date of filing thereof, as the case may be, for reasons to be recorded in writing. 

The Act, however, does not prescribe time limit for disposal of second appeal/complaint by the Central Information Commission.