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    Waiting period for RTI replies

    When the RTI act was passed, it was refreshing one as people with genuine problems has a recourse in RTI. After that things turned out to be unproductive as the pressure of RTI replies are more of a nuisance as people who have nothing else to do go for RTI information on each and everything without any necessity except to harass some targeted persons.

    The supreme court ordered that the citizens who did not get reply within the 30 days prescribed should approach the First Appellate Authority in the department concerned before knocking at the doors of the Karnataka Information Commission.

    In the light of the
    s c order, the Government of Karnataka came out with an amendment to give an extra 45 days time to the PIO. As per the new arrangement the RTI applicant has to wait for 0 days for the reply and if did not get has to wait for 45 days for the First Appellate Authority to respond.
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    Any law or rule must be changed or amended after a proper try out and feed back. I think we had enough of RTI in this country and it has proved good and also served the purpose for which it was passed. However, the procedure being so simple there are people who have misused it, necessitating some changes. Linked with this is the harassing of people by the politicians/Officers who had genuinely raised some issues through RTI. Recently, some amendments were also made to protect such people. It is good that Supreme Court has taken cognizance of these genuine difficulties and have issued some guidelines. The Government of Katnataka might have acted upon those guidelines and amended the rules accordingly. If after functioning for a reasonable time period the requisite effect is experienced only then the amendment will be taken as required, otherwise some other changes will be necessitated.

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