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Only 3 Ministries complying with Cab Sec transparency orders

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Only four of the 52 ministries have "fully" complied with the Cabinet Secretariat's last year's directive to proactively put in public domain monthly reports of the work done by them, a CHRI report said.

A voluntary group, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiatives (CHRI), analysed the websites of 52 union ministries and 52 departments to study if the June 2016 Cabinet Secretariat directive, asking them to post monthly reports on their websites were being followed.

The CHRI study was not conducted or sanctioned by the Union Government, Minister of State for Personnel and Training, Jitendra Singh today said in response to a question in Lok Sabha.

"As informed by Cabinet Secretariat an OM...Dated June 23, 2016 has been issued by them to all secretaries to upload on monthly basis, the major achievements, significant developments and important events for the month in respect of their Ministry/Departments, on their official web site," he said.

The Minister said no data for compliance of the directives is maintained centrally.

The study shows 34 union ministries and 43 departments have not at all complied with the directives of the Cabinet Secretariat, Venkatesh Nayak of CHRI said in a statement.

Only four Ministries and three departments have complied "fully" with the Cabinet Secretariat's transparency directive by publishing all monthly reports from June 2016 to February 2017, he said.

Nayak said the Department of Personnel and Training, the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management and the Department of Justice have complied with the directives.

He said 75 per cent of the departments, which is 39, have not published any reports at all, three do not have specific websites (as they have concerned ministries' websites) while remaining have complied partially by publishing some reports.

Among the Ministries, only Coal, Home Affairs, Environment and Forests and Climate Change and Social Justice and Empowerment have complied with the directives fully, he said.

Six ministries have partially complied with the directives by posting the reports only for some months while eight ministries do not have dedicated web sites, he said.

"So, whether these Ministries (not having web site) compile monthly reports as per the transparency directive cannot be ascertained unless one files an RTI application for the same," he said.

The directives of the Cabinet Secretariat were issued after orders of the Central Information Commission which had advised ministries and departments of the central government to upload the "unclassified portions" of their monthly reports to Cabinet Secretariat on their respective websites.

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First Published: Wed, March 29 2017. 20:02 IST