RTIs weighing down Delhi police department, more from officials

Noida: Delhi Police Department, these days, is afflicted by the continuously increasing pressure of RTI (Right to Information Act) requests.If reports are to be believed, then every year there is an average rise of 40%
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India TV News Desk January 19, 2015 14:28 IST

Noida: Delhi Police Department, these days, is afflicted by the continuously increasing pressure of RTI (Right to Information Act) requests.

If reports are to be believed, then every year there is an average rise of 40% in the RTI requests pouring in the department.

The statistics received from the district police, related to the RTI cell are no less than shocking. In 2006, only 17 people filed RTI to seek information from the police cell however, since then the number is on a subsequent rise. It is worth a mention that the Act was implemented in 2005.

By 2014, the number of people seeking information from the department through RTIs has reached somewhere around 1754 which means that if totaled then within nine years, 6090 RTIs were filed to get information from the police department.

Interestingly, the acknowledged requests include a good number from the officials of the police department itself.

Officials of the cell have told media that out of all the RTIs received; around 50 to 60% are related to the police department only. These ranged from information related to the official matters to travel allowances to manuals related to financial benefits or perks.

Apart from these, there had also been a good number of applications filed to seek information related to calls made to the police control room.

Some of the requests, at times, draw too much time and energy of the department. For example, last year an applicant took help of RTI to get information related to the head constable of traffic police.

 
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