Intl body lauds State for RTI compliance

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Dimapur, May 17: The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has extolled the Nagaland Information Commission for perfect statutory compliance among the Information Commissions in the country which has all the annual reports on its website.
In its rapid review 4.0 (earlier called as Rapid Study) published on March 12, 2018, the CHRI mentioned that the Nagaland Information Commission is “the lone example of perfect statutory compliance among the Information Commissions in the country which has all the Annual Reports on its website.”
The CHRI has been studying the state of the working of all the Information Commissions and the use of the RTI law by the citizens over the years since 2013. The study is based on the Annual Reports of the Information Commissions across India available on public domains.
According to Secretary NIC, Worhonthung Ezung, the study also found that Nagaland is among the nine states along with the Central Information Commission which have displayed updated case pending data on their websites.
Among the small states category, Nagaland topped the list in the highest number of RTI applications received from 2006-07 to 2016-17 at 24,896, followed by Goa at 20,892. Five states of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Sikkim, Nagaland and Tripura have reported declining trend in the number of RTI applications. Nagaland has reported a decline in the number of RTI applications from 4526 in 2015-16 to 4344 during 2016-17.
Nagaland is also reported to have the highest number of translations of the RTI Act in local dialects in the country. Besides the translation of the law into the different dialects spoken by various communities/tribes living in the State, the Nagaland Information Commission has displayed ‘RTI User Guide/Citizens’ Guide to RTF in all those languages on its website. (Page News Service)