With the coronavirus-induced lockdown resulting in pendency of many Right to Information (RTI) appeals, certain information commissions have started conducting online hearings in cases through video calls. For instance, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) recently told the Bombay High Court that as a temporary arrangement during the Covid-19 pandemic, it will provide facilities for hearing appeals filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act through virtual platforms to applicants.
In this webinar, Webnyay is having a digital fireside chat with Mr. Bimal Julka, IAS (Retired). Mr. Julka is a retired IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh Cadre and was formerly the union secretary of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. He also served as the Chief Information Commissioner. Presently, he is a practising arbitrator.
In this webinar, we will explore:
- Mr. Julka's experience as Chief Information Commissioner.
- Mr. Julka's experience with online hearings as an arbitrator and Chief Information Commissioner.
- Mr. Julka's views about the future of Information Commissions and whether applications and appeals under the RTI Act can be heard online by commissions.
- challenges in building a digital infrastructure for Information Commissions including digitisation of records, online filings and online hearings.
- how online dispute resolution can increase access to justice and lead to effective and transparent governance.
Date: 12 December 2020
Time: 4 to 5 pm IST
Platform: Microsoft Teams. The recording will be sent to registered attendees.
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A recording of the webinar can be seen on Webnyay's YouTube channel.