Recently, at a RTI seminar, the Chief Information Commissioner, Wajahat Habibullah, dwelt at some length on the relevance of digitizing government records. In the course of his deliberation, he said that computerizing government records would reduce the burden on government officials.

Needless to say, this came as a pleasant surprise. CCS has for long been advocating that information disclosed under the RTI be uploaded on the public authority’s website. One of our main arguments is that this would “reduce the burden on government officials in the long run”.

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