Chhattisgarh State Information Commission -
Chhattisgarh State Information Commission was constituted as per the provisions under Right to Information Act, 2005 vide notification no. F-7-16/2005/1/6 of the General Administration Department, Government of Chhattisgarh.
Mr. A.K. Vijayvargiya served as the first Chief Information Commissioner of the Chhattisgarh Information Commission since 07th November, 2005. Thereafter, after successfully completing his tenure, he retired on 06th November 2010.
Mr. Serjius Minj joined the Chhattisgarh Information Commission since 01st April, 2011 soon after taking Oath to the office. In the beginning, the Commission served as a single member entity. Later, Mr. S.K. Tiwari and Mr. Jawahar Shrivastava joined the Commission from 01st July, 2010 and 25th September 2013 respectively. Currently, the Chhattisgarh Information Commission is a three-member body.
Considering administrative and functional clarity and convenience, the work has been distributed between the Chief Information Commissioner and the Information Commissioners (vide Letter no. 1077 Dated 26St September, 2013) for disposal of all cases, appeals and grievances pertaining to allotted districts. According to the work distribution, the details are as follows:
Video Conferencing facility is also available at the Chhattisgarh Information Commission. This facilitates hearing of cases by the Chief Information Commissioner and the State Information Commissioner through video conferencing at the Commission Office itself. Special camps are also organized by Mr. S.K. Tiwari and Mrs. Jawahar Shrivastava, State Information Commissioners at District Headquarters for quick disposal of cases.
During the year 2013-14, the Chief Information Commissioner and the State Information Commissioners made meaningful contributions in the District level meetings and Conferences. Mr. Onkar Singh, Secretary, Chhattisgarh Information Commission participated in various District level training programmes and seminars.
Five Master trainers from each District have been given training during three-day training programme organized at State Administrative Academy. Review is done at Block level during meeting with the Public Information officers. Initiatives have been taken up for dissemination and publicity of the Act at the District and State levels.
Advertisement containing message from the Chief Information Commissioner regarding Right to Information is telecast and broadcasted before the News Bulletin on Doordarshan and Aakashvaani. Efforts are also taken towards sensitizing the general public on Right to Information through Doordarshan, Aakashvaani and newspapers discussions as well as Seminars organized by various Government Organisations from time to time.
The Government of Chhattisgarh has also played an important role in effective implementation of the Right to Information Act. The State Government has also taken measures to train the First Appellate and Public Information officers on the provisions and implementation of the Act. Some of the Voluntary Organisations operating in the State are also actively and meaningfully contributing in generating public awareness regarding the Right to Information through Seminars and forums.
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