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Government Committed to Transparency in Governance: Dr. Jitendra Singh

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that Government is committed to ensure transparency in governance. Speaking to a delegation of Right to Information Assessment & Advocacy Group, an organization of RTI Activists, Dr Jitendra Singh said that transparency is a part and parcel of the good governance concept.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, during the last six months, several important measures have been adopted to make the governance easy and more accountable. In this context, he referred to a recent decision to have a single self-attested affidavit which eliminates the requirement for attestation by gazetted officer, notary or a similar other authority. In addition, all the major government decisions are now being uploaded on the website, he added.

Dr Jitendra Singh said that while there are separate cells or divisions to handle RTI complaints in different departments of Central Government, the State Governments are also being encouraged to adopt the RTI Act in its most effective form.

The leaders of the deputation pointed out to Dr Jitendra Singh some of the issues which, according to them, require attention of the government. These included backlog of complaints and appeals in Information Commissions, poor implementation of Section-4 of the RTI Act and low level of public awareness about the RTI Law, especially in rural areas.

Dr Jitendra Singh gave the delegation a patient hearing and said that while the government is sincere in its endeavour, the efforts of public-spirited activists are also of a great help in such matters. The delegation comprised of Ms. Anjali Bhardwaj, Ms. Amrita Johri and Mr. Nikhil Dey.

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