Recently the department of personnel and training (DoPT) issued guidelines for the effective implementation of section 4 of the RTI Act-2005. Further, the launch of RTI web portal for online filing of RTI application was also effectuated. However, presently the online filing of RTI request and appeal is available only for DoPT.
The proposed portal, developed by NIC, would be a facility for Indian citizens to file RTI applications online. The portal would also work as RTI management information system (MIS). The details of RTI applications received through post would also be entered into this system.
Now the DoPT is planning to set up a project monitoring unit (PMU) to monitor the compliance of guidelines pertaining to section 4 from all the central ministries and departments.
The PMU will coordinate with all ministries and departments and ensure that section 4 for RTI is implemented. The PMU would be headed by the management consultant and supported by senior management associates, management associates and programmers. A circular to this effect was issued by the DoPT last week.
The personnel in PMU are expected to perform the tasks like coordination with the Public authorities, training institutes, NIC, SBI and other agencies etc, mechanisms to be put in place to ensure the quality of service to the stakeholders, review the deliverables from time to time, constitute and monitor the helpdesk to provide end-user support, to devise the capacity building strategies for smooth implementation of web portal and other RTI related projects, evaluation of the feedback from the end-users in consultation with the technical team of NIC, arrange for training workshop of Nodal officers, Central Public information Officers and First Appellate Authorities of the Public authorities of Main Ministries /Departments located at New Delhi, to appraise them about the portal, forecasting and monitoring all spending under the Plan Scheme, follow up on grants given and utilisation certificates,to help IR division in preparing Terms of References for various components, briefingand debriefing, circulation of reports, etc, any other relevant task assigned by the IR division of DoPT.