Prez Kovind Advocates Transparency in RTI :CIC

[New Delhi]Prez Kovind Advocates Transparency in RTI
President Ram Nath Kovind strongly advocated transparency in governance, saying there is no such thing as “too much information” in a democracy and “information overload” is always preferable to deficit.
Inaugurating the 13th annual convention of the Central Information Commission, the highest appellate authority in RTI matters, the president also made a strong pitch for the declassification procedure and maintenance of archives.
He expressed need for declassification protocols for government and archival documents, and see how we can modernise these,
The president said India has appointed half-a-million public information officers under the RTI Act with the estimated requests for information touching as high as six million requests a year which are astounding numbers.
Right to information is about nurturing the social contract of trust between the citizen and the state – where both must have faith in each other.
Earlier speaking on the occasion, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh requested the gathering of information commissioners, activists, information officers and people to find out if “unnecessary RTI applications” can be reduced as much of the information is readily available on government web sites.
The Right to Information Act came into force on October 12, 2005. The first application was filed by Shahid Raza Burney before Pune Police on the same day.