DoPT to train over 100 officials on handling RTI pleas

New Delhi: In order to deal better with growing intra-departmental RTI queries, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has decided to train its over 100 officials on different matters related to Right to Information Act.

DoPT, which acts as a nodal agency to oversee implementation of the transparency law, has decided to train a total of 104 Central Public Information Officers and Appellate Authorities.

The decision was taken after some of its CPIOs complained of difficulties in dealing with RTI applications.

Officials said that some of its information officers were reprimanded by Central Information Commission for improperly disposing of certain pleas.

"We have called special trainers for a day-long workshop on July 6. They will answer all the queries related to RTI," a DoPT official said.

He said that 52 CPIOs and their appellate authorities have been chosen for the training and they have been asked to send their queries in advance to save time and ensure proper resolution.

According to official data, about 370 complaints related to Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions are pending with the CIC.

DoPT is also planning to conduct such training for CPIOs of other central government departments too.

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