Pointing out to the circular dated May 30 issued by the Director of Information to all Public Information Officers in every government department, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that through this circular the Chief Minister had sought to know the names and address of every RTI applicant over the last one year along with the nature of the information sought by them.
Alleging that the Chief Minister was trying to scare and target people seeking information, Adv Rodrigues has stated that as per Sec 25 of the Right to Information Act the monitoring of the implementation of the Act was the prerogative of the State Information Commission and that the Chief Minister’s high-handed interference was uncalled for.
Adv. Rodrigues has also stated that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in conjunction with Advocate General Atmaram Nadkarni was doing everything possible to weaken the RTI Act.
Recalling that the Goa State Information Commission by an order dated 17th March 2011 had ruled that the Advocate General was a Public Authority within the ambit of the RTI Act, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that the Goa Government to date had not complied with the directions of the State Information Commission to appoint within 45 days a Public Information Officer to exclusively furnish information pertaining to the office of the Advocate General.
Adv. Rodrigues has also stated that the State Information Commission by that order dated 17th March 2011 had also directed that all information pertaining to the Advocate General’s office be documented and published electronically within three months which has also not been complied with by the Goa Government.