Right To Information applicants in the state have reason to cheer. From next month the state information commission will use video conferencing facilities to hear RTI appeals filed by those based outside Mumbai. The state’s chief information commissioner confirmed the move and said it will result in saving travel cost and time. Both the applicant and information officer will not have to leave their city. In Mumbai the video conferencing facilities would be used in Mantralaya or the new administrative building. The applicant need not travel to Mumbai, but will have to visit his area’s divisional commissioners’ office which has video conferencing facilities. As usual, notices of the hearing will be issued to all parties. The information commission, which was constituted three years ago, has commissioners in Pune, Nagpur and Aurangabad, besides Mumbai. Till date, 27,000 appeals have been filed with the commission. Of these, about 15,000 are pending, the most being 3,500 applications from Pune. Bureau report – NMTV News.
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