Related Topics: Governance and Transparency, Right to Information Act
- In a pioneering step, the first-ever public information portal, Jan Soochna Portal was launched in Rajasthan, promising to provide information about government authorities and departments suo motu to the public in the true spirit of the Right To Information Act.
- The portal has brought yet another distinction to Rajasthan, where the RTI movement had started in 1990s.
About Jan Soochna Portal
- The portal has been arrived at through a regular and rigorous consultative process between government officials, IT professionals and civil society.
- The portal has been launched under Rajasthan Innovation Vision (RAJIV) campaign.
- The State government will set up information kiosks in village panchayats and self-service e-mitra centres in the towns to enable the people to access the information useful for them.
- Initially, the information pertaining to 13 government departments — such as the number of beneficiaries of schemes, works undertaken in different areas, land records and social security pensions — will be available on the portal.
Jan Soochna Portal-2019 would ensure compliance with Section 4(2) of the RTI Act mandating the public authorities to disclose information in the public domain, so that the people need not file applications under the law to obtain information.
- The portal would eventually turn out to be an effective medium for “digital dialogue” with the people as well as a strong instrument for ensuring transparency in governance.
- With different sections divided into districts, blocks and panchayats, the portal empowers the common people with access to useful information.
- The move will bring transparency and accountability, and empower the right of the people to seek information.
- Transparency must be accompanied by accountability, and that is where the JSP has great value and significance since it places the power of making the State government accountable to everyone who accesses the information made available on the portal.
[Source: The Hindu]