Bhubaneswar, Sept 5 (LocaLWire): At a time when the ‘5-Ts’ (team work, technology, transparency, transformation and time Limit) charter of governance stays at the top of state government’s agenda, the RTI disclosure mechanism to maintain transparency in administrative functioning has left much to be desired.
The RTI portal (www.rtiodisha.in) developed by the government to disclose information of all departments and subordinate offices of the state is lying idle with vital departmental information not updated for years.
The website is full of outdated information. As per Section of 4 of the RTI Act, 17 categories of information is required to be updated by each office every year.
If one browses through the portal, outdated information is exhibited in links of almost all offices with no information of any department and subordinate office been completely updated till 2019.
The information about department of Parliamentary Affairs is updated till 2014. The information posted in it regarding the department has little in terms of public interest or needs.
Information on Odisha Legislative Assembly was updated last in 2013.
Department of Food Supply and Consumer Welfare’s information was updated till 2017 (in some case) and 2018 (in other cases).
Information of Odisha state AIDS Control Society is not updated from 2012 while Odisha state Cooperative Bank was bereft of any information.
Likewise, the Information of state social welfare board has not been updated since 2009.
Several key information on Women and Child Development has not been updated since 2016. Information about the budget of the department is available upto 2008-09.
There is no information on Kalimela tehsil of Malkangiri district although the portal says it is updated till 2018.
Odisha Mining Corporation’s information is not updated since 2016 and there is no information about the budget of the cash-rich corporation.
Information on department of Agriculture and farmers’ empowerment has not been updated since 2017 and the budget available till 2008-09. The information of state commission for women is updated till 2014.
The online system for filing RTI application is dysfunctional since its inception due to fault in the system.
In accordance with Section 4(4) of the RTI Act, all proactively disclosed information must be available in Odia.
However, no step has been taken by any department to disseminate RTI information in Odia.
The state government has amended Odia Language Act and issued direction to introduce Odia language in all official correspondence.
But its implementation remains confined on paper only.