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Bangalore: The Karnataka Information Commission, which has launched hearing of Right to Information cases from the districts through video-conferencing, is taking another tech-savvy step. Come the first week of the New Year, and Right to Information applicants will receive SMS alerts on the status of the cases.
Speaking to presspersons here after hearing cases from various districts on video-conferencing for the first time on Wednesday, Information Commissioner H.N. Krishna said that a complaint or petitioner will get three SMSs free from the commission — registration of case, hearing date and disposal.
If a petitioner needs more information on the status of the case on a regular basis, he will have to a pay 10 paise per every SMS received. He said that the service will be launched on a trial basis on Friday.
Speaking about hearing through video-conferencing, inaugurated by Chief Secretary S.V. Ranganath, Mr. Krishna said that the facility will save time for applicants because they no longer have to travel to the city from far-off places on every hearing date.
Video-conference hearings would be posted for Saturdays, he added. He said that video-conferencing facility had been set up in all districts under a Union Government grant.
On the inaugural video-conferencing hearing, the commission heard cases from Shimoga, Gulbarga, Koppal and Belgaum.
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