The National Assembly continued its deliberation on the Right to Information Bill 2014 on Monday. The section which saw deliberations was on section 18 pertaining to request for official information. The contention ensued whether or not to request official information using a standard format prescribed by the Ministry and to be made available in the website hosted by a public authority. The Legislative committee reported that they proposed to do away using standard format prescribed by the ministry and to be made available in the website hosted by a public authority to enhance convenience of the rural population.
However, the House through a show of hands endorsed the draft section which stated that “A request for official information shall be submitted generally in writing to the Information Officer of the relevant public authority, using a standard format prescribed by the Ministry and to be made available in the website hosted by a public authority”.
The House also endorsed that a Public Authority shall within six months of the enactment of this Act shall make available the first organizational and operational statement and in the case of newly established public authority, the first organizational and operational statement under section 12 shall be made available within six months of its establishment.
The deliberation on the Bill will resume tomorrow in the House