In big push to ushering in transparency in governance, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday launched eRTI portal at the Delhi Secretariat. Kejriwal said that Delhi government would put all relevant information online to ensure transparency in its functioning. The portal, designed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), enables citizens to file RTI applications from their desktops. Terming the launch as historic, Kejriwal said, “Today is a historic day as people won’t need to visit government’s office to file RTI applications. There is a need to take the Right To Information to the next level.” He added: “We will try to put all information pertaining to the government’s work in the public domain, which affects people’s life and helps in bettering transparency.” The citizens will be able to get all the information pertaining to 172 departments of the Delhi government online with the new system.
The launch makes Kejriwal government first in the country to put in place such a system, and the second after Maharashtra to launch the online RTI platform. The e-RTI portal could be accessed at rtionline.delhi.gov.in. Speaking in a tough tone against corruption, Kejriwal said that people won’t have to file RTIs if concerned department puts daily sales reports of the ration shops online. “People of respective areas would be able to straightaway verify the claims. Similarly, if the PWD puts measurement book and bills of all work in public domain, it will make the system transparent,” he said.
Bringing ease to the system, Delhi’s e-RTI portal also enables citizens to make the fee of RTI application through Net banking. The applicant would also be able to track the status of the RTI application. As per a PTI report, Kejriwal government has appointed 172 nodal officers for monitoring e-RTI portal.