Central RTI Act comes into effect:Govt extends CIC’s jurisdiction to J&K
29: Ending suspense, Centre has formally
extended the jurisdiction of Central Information Commission (CIC) to Jammu and
An official of
General Administration Department said government has decided that jurisdiction
of CIC would be extended to Jammu and Kashmir.
“The central RTI
Act 2005 has replaced J&K RTI Act 2009 in the new Union Territory. All
provisions of RTI Act 2005 have been enforced in J&K. The new Union
Territory will have no separate Information Commission,” he said.
The official said
over 230 second appeals and 140 complaints under the Jammu and Kashmir Right to
Information Act were pending for disposal in the State Information Commission
(SIC) when it was dissolved.
Sources said a
committee headed by Administrative Secretary General Administrative Department
has also submitted its report to the government. It too has recommended that J&K should
come under the purview of CIC.
has also spelled out actions required to be taken like re-designation of public
information officers and other functionaries under the Act,” sources said.
Sheikh Ghulam Rasool said that procedure of first appellate authority for
disposing of RTI applications will be the same.
making second appeal or any complaint, the applicant has to approach CIC. This
could be done by post or online. Applicant can approach CIC office personally
also,” he said.
noted that there would be further delay in disposal of complaints. “Over 26,000
applications are already pending with the CIC. There will be huge delay in
hearing cases,” he added.
The SIC was
functioning with just one information commissioner. It had been left without a
head for more than a year before it was wound up last year. At least seven
commissions including State Information Commission (SIC) were closed by the
Centre through the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 on October 31.