KOHIMA, AUGUST 4: The Nagaland Information Commission (NIC) has disposed a total of 32,140 applications out of 35,000 applications received during the last 14 years under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
The applications were received and disposed since the inception of NIC on March 14, 2006 till March 31, 2020, stated the annual report 2019-20 of NIC, which was tabled in the State Assembly by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on the first day of the ongoing monsoon session on Tuesday.
During the period, the highest application received was in 2014-15 at 4,526 of which 4,151 applications were disposed, the report said.
It, however, said that the total number of RTI application received by various public authorities in the State 2019-20 saw a decrease at 2,688 compared to 3,708 applications in 2018-19.
The overall percentage of information furnished by the Public Information Officers of various public authorities during 2019-20 was 89.36% while the rate of rejection of request for information during the same period was 0.63%, it said.
During the period under report, out of the 2,688 RTI applications, the Directorates received the highest number of application in the State 1,130 at 42% followed by the Districts 1,076 at 40% while Secretariat had 11% and other units, including Commissions, Boards, statutory & autonomous bodies and public sector undertakings at 7%, it said.
Among the districts in 2019-20, Mokokchung received the highest RTI application at 151 while Longleng had the least appeals at 3, it said.
Mokokchung, Tuensang, Kiphire, Peren and Longleng districts disposed all applications received in the respective district, the report said.
Phek district disposed the least number of applications at 38% as it received 144 request but cleared only 55, it said.
The Commission also informed that the most sought after nature of information by the RTI applicants were incumbency list of Government employees in the Departments, financial matters on schemes & projects, funds released, grants, contract & civil works, election related and village councils and village development boards, etc.
(Page News Service)