The chief information commissioner of Maharashtra, Suresh Joshi, has directed MCGM and the city’s two collectors to computerise all land lease data within 21 days. This follows the collector’s and MCGM’s inability to produce information on lease data sought under the Right to Information Act (RTI). The order, is considered a landmark since it is the first to take on the administration for the way it collects and holds data that can be sought under the RTI Act. Even though many leases have expired, the government has taken no decision on them. The CIC’s order states that such indecision could be leading to losses worth crores of rupees to the municipal corporation and the state government.
August 17, 2007