GUWAHATI: The Assam Information Commission (AIC) has recommended that the state government should take suitable action against the departments which have failed to submit annual reports regarding public authorities under their jurisdiction to the AIC as per provisions of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005.
The AIC has observed that several departments of the state government have failed to submit their annual report despite several reminders, while some other departments have submitted only partial reports without covering all the public authorities under them.
According to a report compiled by the AIC for 2021-22, which was published recently, six departments have totally failed to submit annual reports in spite of repeated reminders. The departments concerned include the Cultural Affairs Department, Indigenous and Tribal Faith and Culture Department, Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Tribal Affairs (Plain) Department, and the Assam Legislative Assembly.
On the other hand, nine other departments have submitted partial reports. These include the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department, Environment and Forest Department, Health and Family Welfare Department, General Administration Department, Higher Education Department, Home Department, Panchayat and Rural Development Department, Sports and Youth Welfare Department, and Transport Department.
It may be mentioned that Section 25(2) of the RTI Act, 2005 states: "Each Ministry or Department shall, in relation to the public authorities within their jurisdiction, collect and provide such information to the Central Information Commission or State Information Commission, as the case may be, as is required to prepare the report under this Section and comply with the requirements concerning the furnishing of that information and keeping of records for the purposes of this section".
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