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Maha allows citizens to inspect government records under RTI

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Residents of can now inspect records in district-level offices and local bodies under the Right to (RTI) Act for two hours every Monday.

A resolution (GR) to this effect was issued by the (GAD) last week.

The move is aimed at increasing transparency and to cut down the number of applications and appeals in the offices.

The GR would not be applicable to Mantralaya, the state secretariat.

"This provision to allow inspection of records will not only ensure transparency, but it will also reduce the number of first and second appeals filed under the Right to (RTI) Act," stated the GR dated November 26.

It referred to a similar initiative launched earlier by the (PMC).

"Residents can inspect government records in district level offices and local bodies such as municipal corporations and councils between 3 pm to 5 pm every Monday. In case of a public holiday on Monday, the inspection will be allowed on the next working day," it stated.

activists have welcomed this initiative of the government.

"Citizens must use this facility extensively and consistently to ensure its implementation," former chief commissioner (CIC) said Monday.

Mumbai-based activist said they were awaiting such a move.

"Success of this much-awaited initiative depends on its smooth implementation by the state," he said.

Another activist said the order should have applied to all departments of the government.

"Leaving out higher offices like the state secretariat would hardly serve its purpose," he argued.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 19:10 IST