KIC to provide RTI alerts on mobile

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 30 December 2010, 07:54 Hrs
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Bangalore: The Karnataka Information Commission (KIC) is taking another tech-savvy step. From the first week of 2011 Right to Information applicants will receive SMS alerts on the status of the cases. As per the reports as of now a complaint or a petitioner will get three SMSs free from the commission - registration of case, hearing date and disposal.

If a petitioner needs more information on the status of the case on a regular basis, he will have to a pay 10 paise per every SMS received. The service will be launched on a trial basis on Friday.

The petitioner or respondent can sms their case number to 92123 57123 to get details of their case. In 2010, the KIC received 15,886 complaints out of which 6,690 have been disposed. The statistics provided by KIC reveal that 519 officials in 2010 were fined a collective amount of 22.69 lakh for not providing information under RTI.

Making use of the recently introduced facility of video conferencing, KIC has conducted hearings on 18 cases. There are about 35 cases pending in High Court challenging the orders of the KIC.

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