The Central Information Commission (CIC) has decided to make the government departments fall in line and voluntarily disclose information.
With central ministries and government departments refusing to disclose information on websites and through other published material, the transparency watchdog has decided to take corrective measures.
CIC will start a new annual ranking system for central ministries and departments to rate their disclosures on websites and content in other government publications. The ranking system would name the defaulters and would be introduced this year.
The move has been prompted by the repeated findings in CIC's data collection exercise from public authorities. Over the years, ministries and departments have refused to update their websites and give updated information to the common man. Section 4 of RTI Act lays down "Obligations of public authorities", which include publishing of particulars of the organization, powers and duties of its officials, documents held by it, a directory of officials, monthly remuneration received by its officials, and other details.
CIC would identify parameters on which the disclosure of a department would be gauged. "This is a desktop exercise. So we are planning to rope in former information commissioners to help us in ranking ministries," the official said.