Strengthening Implementation of the Right to Information Act, 2005


N0.4/10/2011-IR
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
….

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 18th May 2011,

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Strengthening Implementation of the Right to Information Act, 2005.

Central Chief Information Commissioner has made a reference to the Cabinet Secretary making several suggestions for effective implementation of the Right to Information Act, 2005. It has been decided in consultation with the Cabinet Secretariat that following actions shall be undertaken by all
Ministries/Departments/Attached Offices, PSUs of Central Government to Strengthen the implementation of the RTI Act:

a) In the Annual reports of the Central Ministries/Departments and other attached/subordinate offices PSUs, a separate chapter shall be included regarding implementation of the RTI Act in their respective offices. This chapter should detail the number of RTI applications received and disposed off during the year, including number of cases in which the information was denied. In addition to the above, efforts made to improve the implementation of the Act in their respective offices, including any innovative measures that have been undertaken, should also be listed. This is to be ensured for Annual reports for the year 201 1-12 onwards.

b) Each Ministry/Department should organize atleast a half day training programme for all CPIOs/Appellate Authorities (AAs) every year to sensitize them about their role in implementation of the RTI Act. The concerned Ministries/Deuartrnents shall ensure that similar programmes are organized for all CPIOs/AAs of all attached/subordinate offices and PSUs under their control as well.

c) All public authorities who have a web site shall publish the details of monthly receipts and disposal of RTI applications on the websites. This should be implemented within 10 days of the close of the month. Ministries/Departments would ensure that these instructions are communicated to their attached/subordinate offices as well as PSUs immediately. Monthly reporting on the above pattern should begin latest by 10th July, 2011 for the month of June, 2011 and thereafter continue on a regular basis.

2. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to take action as above and also to ensure that these instructions are communicated to their attached and subordinate offices PSUs for compliance.

CK.G.Verma
Director

REGULAR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYMENT IN MAJOR MINISTRIES


CENSUS OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES 
(AS ON 31st March, 2006)

REGULAR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYMENT IN MAJOR MINISTRIES AS ON 31ST MARCH, 2006



1. Railways =  14,12,435 (45.32%)

2. Home Affairs =  6,91,814 (22.20%)

3. Defence (Civilian) = 3,53,741(11.35%)

4. Communications & IT = 2,41,618 (7.75%)

5. Finance = 1,12,700 (3.62%)

6. Others  = 3,04,029 (9.76%)

TOTAL  = 31,16,337 (100%)

The Ministry of Railways has a major share (45.32%) of the total regular Central Government employees followed by Ministries of Home Affairs (22.20%), Defence (civilian) (11.35%), Communications & IT (7.75%) and Finance (3.62%).

These five Ministries taken together accounted for 90% of the total Central Government employment. The residual employment (about 10%) was shared by all the remaining Ministries/Departments of the Central Government.



HIGHLIGHTS

(1). As per the result of Census Enquiries, the total regular employment under Central Government as on 31st March, 2006  was 31.16 lakh as against 31.64 lakh  on 31st March, 2004.  The employment has, thus, recorded a decline of 1.52% in 2006 over 2004.

(2). Employment in Ministry of Railways was the highest (45.32%) followed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (22.20%), Defence civilian (11.35%), Communications & IT (7.75%) and Finance (3.62%).  Other Ministries/Departments collectively shared the rest of 9.76% of the total Central Government regular employment.

(3). Out of 31.16 lakh regular employees, 3.20 lakh were women.  The proportion of women in the total employment shows an increasing trend.  It is 10.28% in 2006 against 7.53% in 2001 and 9.68% in 2004 and thereby indicating empowerment of women.

(4). About 96% of regular Central Government employees were Non-Gazetted.  The overall ratio of Gazetted to Non-Gazetted employees was 1:22.  In Ministry of Railways, ratio, however, was 1:116.

(5). Amongst regular Central Government employees,  57.80% were holding Group-‘C’ posts and 30.62% were in Group-‘D’ posts.  8.63% were holding Group-‘B’ posts whereas employees holding Group –‘A’ posts were only 2.95%.

(6). About 21.13% of the regular Central Government employees were found to be in pay range of Rs. 3500-4499/- and only 0.47% employees were in highest bracket of pay range with drawing basic pay of Rs. 18,400/- & above.

(7). Amongst regular Central Government employees,  15.66% were working at offices located in ‘A-1’ class cities, 11.10% in ‘A’ class cities, 4.61% in B-I class cities and 15.31% in B-2 class cities. The percentage of employees in ‘C’ class and other unclassified cities was 53.32%.

(8). Amongst  States and Union Territory Administrations, the highest number of regular Central Government employees was in the State of West Bengal (11.23%) followed by Uttar Pradesh (9.97%), Maharashtra (9.65%), Delhi (6.61%), Andhra Pradesh (6.44%) and Tamil Nadu (4.66%).  In remaining States/U.Ts the proportion was less than 4%.



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Laying of Annual Reports of the Central Information Commission before the Houses of Parliament


No.4/8/2011-IR 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi 
Dated: 20th May, 2011

OFFICE MEMORADUM

Subject: Laying of Annual Reports of the Central Information Commission before the Houses of Parliament.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Section 25 of the Right to Information Act, 2005 which provides that the Central Information Commission shall prepare a report on the implementation of the provisions of the Act each year, which the Central Government would lay before each House of Parliament. Each Ministry/Department is responsible to ensure that necessary information in relation to preparation of the Report is sent to the Central Information Commission by all public authorities within its jurisdiction in time. The Central Information Commission has developed a web based system through which the public authorities may upload the Annual Return on the website of the Commission direct. The software developed by the Commission is known as the RTI Annual Report Information System which is accessible on the website www.cic.gov.in. The information has to be posted on quarterly basis.

2. It has been observed that a number of public authorities do not upload the Annual Return in time on the system. It results in the delay of the preparation of the Annual Report and consequently in laying the Report before the Houses of the Parliament.

3. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to ensure that the quarterly returns of all public authorities under their jurisdiction is uploaded on the Annual Report Information System referred to above in time every year. The final Return for the year should be uploaded latest by the 15th April of the subsequent financial year. The public authorities who have not uploaded their final returns in respect of the year 2010-11 may upload the same on the website latest by 30th June, 2011.

4. It has also been brought to the notice of this Department that some Ministries/Departments have not registered all the public authorities under their jurisdiction with the Central Information Commission. It results into non-inclusion of the complete information in the Annuai Report. All the Ministries / Departments are requested to ensure that all public authorities under their jurisdiction are registered with the Commission and they all post requisite information on the website referred to above regularly.

(K.G. Verma) 
Director



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