Minister of state for personnel, Jitendra Singh on Wednesday said that data regarding the number of RTI applications pending department-wise is not centrally maintained.
“The data regarding the number of RTI applications pending department-wise and the number of departments having facilitation centres is not centrally maintained,” he said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
The Right to Information (RTI) Act allows citizens to seek a time-bound response on governance-related matters from government departments.
The minister added that the government has accepted the recommendations of an expert committee on the Suo motu disclosure of information by government departments.
“All the details of the public authority may be uploaded on its website. Access to information should be made user- friendly for which appropriate information technology infrastructure should be suitably designed, developed and operationalised,” one of the recommendations quoted.
Another recommendation accepted by the government stated that the information relating to recruitments, promotion and transfers should be brought into public domain promptly. This will help reduce the number of RTI applications relating to service matters.