Friday, November 13, 2009

Bihar launches helpline to file RTI complaint

Yet another first in India from Bihar has come to make the Right to Information (RTI), Act, people friendly. This pertains to launching of a
new helpline, by using which people can file complaints against the government officials who harass them for seeking information using the RTI tool.

CM Nitish Kumar dedicated the helpline (0612-2219435) for public use here on Thursday during a programme organised by state information commission (SIC), Bihar, to felicitate the performing public information officers (PIOs).

The CM himself made the first complaint using the helpline against Rajnagar block supply officer in Madhubani district.

"The CM secretariat has received complaint from one Dhirendra Mahto of Karaiya Panchayat in which the complainant claimed that an FIR was lodged against him with the Rajnagar police station in August this year after he tried to seek some information about public distribution system from the the block supply officer," Nitish informed the person attending the call on the newly launched helpline and asked the call attendant to inform his secretary about the action taken. He immediately got a complaint number (0001).

Incidentally, all such complaints received would be monitored directly by the state home secretary and DGP and emphasis would be to expedite the complaint redressal.

"Officials found guilty of harassing applicants would be dealt with sternly and, if needed, the government would not hesitate to dismiss such officials from the service," Nitish told the gathering which responded with thunderous applause.

Nitish also launched the Phase-II of Jaankari which would allow applicants to file RTI applications using e-mail. For this, one needs to open the website biharonline.gov.in/rti in which one would get an icon for filing RTI application through e-mail.

Incidentally, Bihar has the distinction of being the first state in India which set up a call centre, christened `Jaankari' using which applicants file RTI applications by making phone call to the number 155311. It became functional on January 29, 2007.

As many as nine PIOs were felicitated at Thursday's function where Bihar legislative Assembly Speaker Uday Narayan Choudhary, deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and chief information commissioner Ashok Kumar Choudhary among others were also present. Chanchal Kumar, secretary to the CM, too was given a special award for his active role in setting up Jaanakari helpline and the helpline launched for registering complaints against officials.

Appreciating the move, Nitish said it would introduce an element of balance as people know the SIC mainly for its pronouncements against the PIOs.

"Now it is upto the PIOs whether they want to be rewarded or punished. There is no third way for them," NitiSh said.

Winners of essay and painting competitions, organised by the SIC to spread awareness about RTI among school and college students, were also felicitated at the function.

2 comments:

  1. आनलाइन हस्ताक्षर करके विरोध जतायें

    बिहार में सूचना मांगने वालों को प्रताड़ित करने की काफी शिकायतें आ रही हैं। अब बिहार सरकार ने सूचना पाने के नियमों में अवैध संशोधन करके एक आवेदन पर महज एक सूचना देने का नियम बनाया है। अब गरीबी रेखा के नीचे के लोगों को सिर्फ दस पेज की सूचना निशुल्क मिलेगी, इससे अधिक पेज के लिए राशि जमा करनी होगी। ऐसे नियम पूरे देश के किसी राज्य में नहीं हैं। ऐसे नियम सूचना कानून विरोधी हैं। इससे सूचना मांगने वाले नागरिक हताश होंगे। इससे नौकरशाही की मनमानी बढ़ेगी। इस तरह बिहार सरकार ने सूचना कानून के खिलाफ गहरी साजिश की है। अगर सूचना पाने के नियमों में संशोधन हुआ तो नागरिकों को सूचना पाने के इस महत्वपूर्ण अधिकार से वंचित होना पड़ेगा। एक समय बिहार को आंदोलन का प्रतीक माना जाता था। आज सूचना कानून के मामले में बिहार पूरे देश में सबसे लाचार और बेबस राज्य नजर आ रहा है। वहां सुशासन की बात करने वाले मुख्यमंत्री नीतीश कुमार ने दुशासन की भूमिका निभाते हुए कुशासन को बढ़ाना देने के लिए सूचना कानून को कमजोर किया है।
    इसलिए आनलाइन पिटिशन पर हस्ताक्षर करके अपना विरोध अवश्य दर्ज करायें। इसके लिए यहां क्लिक करें- -
    http://www.PetitionOnline.com/rtibihar/petition.html

    -विष्णु राजगढ़िया
    सचिव, झारखंड आरटीआइ फोरम

    संशोधन के संबंध में विस्तृत जानकारी के लिए लिंक
    http://mohallalive.com/2009/11/19/nitish-government-changed-right-to-information-act/

    http://thehoot.org/web/home/story.php?storyid=4227&mod=1&pg=1&sectionId=2&valid=true

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  2. patna atmosphere is again geting bad with extortion and murderers it seems this is not a ideal for business and industries enviroment of non resident of bihars like gujraties punjabies and marwaries nitish government should take alarming measures to prevent extortion and free patna from criminal minds other wise all non biharies businessman will migrate from patna many have migrated during lalu's regin

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