Now, RTI complaint hearings through video conferencing (Lead)

July 28th, 2011 - 8:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, July 28 (IANS) The Bihar State Information Commission Thursday launched a video conferencing system for quicker hearing and disposal of complaints related to the Right to Information (RTI) Act, officials said.

Bihar became the first state in the country to use the facility for the transparency law. Complaints from all over the state will be heard in Patna through video conferencing, and all district headquarters will be linked with the facility, state Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) A.K. Choudhary said.

The commission will help dispose complaints against principal information officers for denying information under the RTI Act to people, he said.

The move follows the success of the commission’s information call centre - Jankari. A brainchild of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Jankari enables people living in remote corners of the state to submit applications on phone for seeking information under the RTI law.

Choudhary said the state information commission, since its constitution, has received more than 53,000 appeals, of which 49,000 have been disposed of.

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