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New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the two-day 11th annual convention of Central Information Commission (CIC) here on November 7.

Delivering the inaugural address, Rajnath Singh said that Right to Information (RTI) Act is a powerful medium of two-way communication between the citizens and the government. On the one hand, the citizens get information through this act and on the other hand, the government gets new ideas for formulating people-friendly policy and to reform the governance system. He said that programmes like ‘My Gov.in’ website provide a platform for two-way communication between the government and the citizens.  He also said that the ‘Top-down’ approach is now getting converted into ‘Bottom-up’ approach. The Home Minister said that now maximum possible information is being made available on the websites of government departments and agencies. He also recalled that the Prime Minister had said last year that the dream of ‘Digital India’ is closely linked with the transparent government.

The Union Home Minister launched ‘e-Court Software’ on the occasion, according to a PIB release. The e-Court system aims at enabling speedy disposal of Appeals/Complaints by using digital technology. The system will allow online filing of appeals/complaints and case disposals using latest technology. The system will generate a unique number which can be used by the applicant for tracking the status of a case filed with the Commission. As soon as a case is filed online or offline, the system will generate SMS/email alert to the applicant. Alerts will also be generated to inform the applicant at the stage of Registration, issue of Facilitation Memo, scheduling of the case hearing and also at the stage of decision uploading.  The Home Minister also released a book on RTI success stories. The book has been prepared for the Commission by Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration.


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