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Jammu & Kashmir non-domiciled subjects have the right to submit UT-related RTIs: Jitendra Singh | India News


NEW DELHI: Non-domiciled or non-state subjects of Jammu and Kashmir have the right to submit RTI requests related to Union Territory (UT) issues, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Sunday.
The minister held a meeting with the newly appointed Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha during the day in which he discussed various matters related to the CIC office.
Sinha briefed Singh on the status of the removal of RTI applications from Jammu and Kashmir since the Union Territory came under the control of the CIC earlier this year, according to a statement from the Personnel Ministry.
Singh, the Minister of State for Personnel, referred to a number of new initiatives taken under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to improve the functioning of the Central Information Commission and ensure the prompt disposition of RTI appeals, he said.
“As for Jammu & Kashmir, he said, the difference now is that non-domiciled or non-state subjects of Jammu & Kashmir also have the right to submit RTIs related to UT affairs or agencies,” the statement said.
Sinha, who retired as High Commissioner of India in the UK before being appointed Commissioner of Information from where he has been elevated to the current post of Chief Information Commissioner of India, turns out to be the son of the late Lieutenant General SK Sinha. former governor of Jammu and Kashmir and Assam, and former deputy chief of the Army General Staff, he said.
During the half-hour meeting with the minister, the new CIC gave a brief about the progressive improvement of the rate of disposition of RTI applications and also reported that in June, despite the Covid pandemic, the Monthly disposition rate for RTI requests were higher than the rate in June 2019, according to the release.
He said this was possible because the Central Information Commission had continued its uninterrupted work even during the Covid era through the use of modern online, virtual and video conferencing technology, he said.
The union minister also noted that it was during the Modi government that a 24-hour portal was introduced for the electronic submission of RTI applications at any time of the day from anywhere, according to the statement.
It was during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tenure, he said, that the Central Information Commissioner’s office was moved to its own exclusive office complex, he added.
Singh reiterated that the role of the Central Information Commission is important to live up to Prime Minister Modi’s vision of transparency and citizen participation in the functioning of the government, according to the statement.

Times of India