At a recent presentation in DSE, an issue that was raised was how fees would be paid if a requisitioner sitting in Delhi wanted information in, say, Kolkata, especially when that information is not already available online. This is something that has been worrying CCS as well. The point we are attempting to raise is: there should be no need for the public to inconvenience itself to obtain information that belongs to it. Though a Duty to Publish regime is our ultimate motive, where information is not already available, people should be able to request it without having to trudge to the office of the public authority and wait in a queue, or deposit a banker’s cheque or demand draft in the bank account, which would be announced by the public authority.
The opinions expressed in this essay are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of CCS.