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RTI Videos-Has The RTI Act Become Toothless?

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Are we as citizens giving less importance to seeking information that we have the right to know? Are politicians only adept at evading questions by diverting attention to another subject? With posts lying vacant in the Central Information Commission, grievances of people and queries posted under RTI take months or even years before they are attended to. Has the RTI become in all aspects helpless against apathy by public servants? We discuss. (Audio in Hindi)

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