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NGO institutes national award for RTI activists

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ganpat1956

Sidharth, what about portals like that of ours who are also contributing their mite in whatever manner possible? If not an award, atleast due "mention" can be made.

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Sidharth, what about portals like that of ours who are also contributing their mite in whatever manner possible? If not an award, atleast due "mention" can be made.

 

why hasn't anyone thought of this before? its so logical and simple.

 

portals sucha s ours are dooing their bit in disseminating info of rti act to masses and helping those who wish to make use of it.

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Sidharth, what about portals like that of ours who are also contributing their mite in whatever manner possible? If not an award, atleast due "mention" can be made.

 

Oh yes, no one can undercut the contribution of this portal. :)

 

PCRF guys know it very well. That's why Divya Jyoti came here with the above message. Hope we get a special mention from them.

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karira

As reported on indiantelevision.com on 26 November 2009:

Indiantelevision.com > News Room Headlines > NDTV announces first RTI Awards

 

NDTV announces first RTI Awards

 

 

MUMBAI

: NDTV has joined hands with Public Cause Research Foundation (PCRF), an organisation set up by Magsaysay awardee Arvind Kejriwal, to organise the first RTI Awards.

 

The awards will be given away on 1 December to acknowledge those who have displayed exemplary commitment to RTI Act. These will honour public information officers (PIOs), citizens and information commissioners who have strived through the RTI to make India better, claims the channel.

 

The awards ceremony, in New Delhi, will be graced by Vice President of India Hamid Ansari.

 

NDTV chairman Prannoy Roy said, “NDTV is privileged to present the RTI Awards to the citizens and officials of India who have made the Right-To-Information Act a success. RTI has helped Indians in getting justice that they are entitled to and brought in transparency in our democratic system.

 

Added Kejriwal, “The purpose of these awards is to enthuse commissioners, officers and citizens alike to make RTI a reality in letter and spirit, which it is far from right now.”

 

The awards will be given in three categories - best information commissioner in the country, best public information officer in the country and best RTI citizen.

 

The jury comprises personalities and citizens of India like Aamir Khan, NR Narayana Murthy, Mallika Sarabhai, Fali S Nariman, Santosh (RTI activist), Justice JS Verma, Madhu Trehan, JM Lyngdoh, Pullela Gopichand, Sanjay Gupta, and Prannoy Roy.

 

Each winner will receive a citation, a plaque and prize money of Rs 200,000.

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dillip kumar mohapatra

It's a good initiative to encourage the RTI activist.I am sure our members could get.

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karira

As reported by Joydeep Hazarika in merinews.com on 25 January 2010:

An RTI for RTI Act

 

An RTI for RTI Act

 

RTI Act was perceived as the ultimate weapon for the people to fight corruption and get accountability from the government. But now it is slowly seen that this Act is also the victim of the nefarious factors that it was made to fight against.

 

THE RIGHT To Information (RTI) Act is something which has been looked upon as a revolutionary thing in India. This Act was perceived as the ultimate weapon for the people to fight corruption and get accountability from the government. But now it is slowly seen that this Act is also the victim of the nefarious factors that it was made to fight against.

 

To promote this Act among the common people, the National RTI Awards were started to felicitate and recognise the work of activists in this field. But now more and more complaints have emerged where people are alleging that these awards have become the victims of favouritism. The complaint here is that these awards are given to people who have done no special work which is recognised by people in this field and is being randomly given away to those who are close to the organisers. This has now put a big question mark on these awards and their authenticity.

 

Afroz Alam Sahil, an RTI activist, has put an RTI on these awards questioning various aspects related to them. The RTI was put up to the Public Cause Research Foundation (PCRF) which is run by a well-known RTI promoter Arvind Kejriwal and this organisation runs the RTI Awards. The questions that were put up ranged from when and why was the PCRF started, the number of programmes that have been organised by them and the money spent on them, people who have been associated with this organisation and the sources of funds of the same, who were nominated for these awards and on what basis, how much money being spent for these awards and in which forms, etc.

 

Apart from Afroz, an activist from Bihar, Shivprakash, has also alleged that the awards are given to people who are close to the organisers and have done very little or no work at all in the field of promoting the RTI Act. Here it is to be noted that the person who was nominated from Bihar for the awards is somebody who is unknown to the media as well as the other activists. And this has led to further suspicion against the awards.

 

Another thing to be noted is that among the organisers of these awards were also a prominent news channel and a well-known newspaper. According to Arvind Kejriwal, the entire process of organising to distribution of the awards took a figure of Rs 50 lakhs, out of which 25 lakhs were given away by Narayan Murthy’s Infosys and Rs 25 lakhs by the Tata Foundation. A total of 1,150 nominations were filled from all over India.

 

But here the big question is the question of transparency. And this, according to Afroz, is what the RTI seeks to achieve. The distribution procedure of the awards and the numerous complaints received after those pointed out that an ugly joke is being made out of the very Act that seeks to achieve transparency. But for now, the reply to the questions are being awaited.

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karira

As reported in voiceofsikkim.com attributed to www.sikkimexpress.com on 10 February 2010:

Sikkim Information Commission reacts to PCRF ?research? | Sikkim News – World Wide Press Release

 

Sikkim Information Commission reacts to PCRF ‘research’

 

 

GANGTOK, February 9: Reference news item ‘Sikkim one of the worse performers among State Information Commissions’ published in this publication dated February 7, 2010, the State Information Commission has today issued a rejoinder stating that the exercise of Public Cause Research Foundation (PCRF), New Delhi commenting on the performance parameter taken for adjudging the best and worst SIC was ‘suspect’.

 

Commending the effort being put up by various individual, NGO’s and media groups to further strengthen the spirit of the RTI Act for ushering in an era of transparency, accountability and ending the corruption disease in the society, the Sikkim Information Commission has said, the Chief Information Commission, New Delhi has appreciated the comprehensive and scientific study of the functioning of the RTI regime until 2008.

 

On PCRF allegations that Sikkim Information Commission has not provided the address of appellants despite their repeated efforts, the rejoinder clarified that their website CIC has a comprehensive order list of all the orders passed by the CIC. “Hence the question of hiding the names and address of the appellants does not arise, which further defeats the very purpose for issuing notices and orders passed by the CIC and the overall functioning of the SIC,” the rejoinder read.

 

It has further stated that SIC implements the RTI Act 2005 and is doing its best to bring about , accountability, transparency and corruption free society which is reflected in “our day to day working and in our interaction” between the various SPIO’s/ASPIO’s and other agencies seeking information on RTI Act.

 

The rejoinder details, “Our records of achievement for the period 2008-2009 (36 appeals/complaints received) & 2009-2010 (20 appeals/complaints received) indicates, a accumulative total of 56 applications received for the combined period and 5 (five) are under various stages of process. Further, no penalties have been imposed so far and it is to SIC’s credit that the orders passed by the CIC in all the above cases barring those under various stages of process, have received no adverse comments, which confirms that the order of the CIC has been accepted in each cases and complied with. The above data’s would reflect a very satisfactory level of achievement of over 90% (Indicating 95% tilt in favor of the citizens). This reflects a healthy status of the RTI situation in the State.”

 

The SIC has at the same time said that it did not receive any invitation from PCRF to attend the meeting in New Delhi, which was attended by CLOS president Gyatso Tongden Lepcha “in his own capacity as an NGO based in Sikkim”. “As such, the SIC would like to clearly indicate that the spirit of RTI is alive and functioning in the state of Sikkim through day to day working, through various hearings held, through various meeting attended and training held for our officials and Staffs and through awareness programmes conducted by the SIC, covering all four districts,” said the rejoinder.

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