Tuesday, April 23
Ladakh UT yet to have RTI Online Portal

Ladakh UT yet to have RTI Online Portal


Leh: Even after nearly five years of having a separate Union Territory status, the Ladakh Administration is yet to launch its own independent Right To Information (RTI) online portal.

Although the government has claimed that the process for the launch of RTI online portal is underway, there seems no tangible evidence since UT administration has not even so far engaged manpower to operate the related portal.

The people of the UT have been seeking RTI online portal to get easy access to the information about the matters they want, and question different government departments for inconveniences if found.

Ladakh was granted UT status after being separated from the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019 under J&K Reorganization Act 2019. Presently the cold desert has only two districts; Kargil and Leh, with collective population not more than four lakh people.

Taking into consideration the need for RTI online services available for the people of Ladakh; the Lt. Governor of Ladakh, Brigadier (Dr) BD Mishra (Retd) on February 26 instructed Principal Secretary Sanjeev Khirwar to fix a timeline to launch the RTI Online Portal at the earliest.

The LG during a meeting at Raj Niwas a day back also inquired about the reasons for the delay in launching RTI online portal in Ladakh.

To which, Principal Secretary Khirwar said, “The process of RTI online portal has already begun and steps are being taken to engage manpower to operate the portal.”

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