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RTI on wheels to answer all your right to information queries

Reported by DP Bhattacharya on February 23, 2008, ExpressIndia

 

Ahmedabad, February 22 After palaces, politics and agriculture it is now

time for the Right To Information Act to be mounted on wheels. For the

first time in India, a vehicle is being exclusively designed to create

awareness as well as help the people of Gujarat to use their Right to

Information effectively.

An initiative of Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel (MAGP), this vehicle will be

equipped with an LCD projector, screen, computer with Internet

connection, scanner, printer and copier and a small library.

The vehicle will have provisions for a solar panel to be fixed over it to

generate enough power for its operation. Manned by two volunteers,

this vehicle will screen films on RTI, distribute pamphlets, hold

public discussion on the act and assist people to file applications seeking information.

 

"The idea of launching RTI on Wheels came from the RTI Helpline we have

been running for the last couple of years. While there have been a lot of

questions from specific areas, lot of grievances also surfaced against a

few specific public organisations. We'll have the vehicle strategically

visiting these offices regularly along with making visits to the areas,

which demand such intervention," said Pankti Jog from MAGP.

 

The vehicle, which is being designed by modifying a Tata Sumo will

initially operate in six districts of Ahmedabad, Sabarkantha, Banaskantha,

Surendranagar, Rajkot and Patan. "Eventually, we'll try to extend the area

to entire Gujarat," said Pankti.

 

"The challenge was to have so many things in such a small vehicle," said

Amit Paul, the designer of the vehicle and NID alumni. Paul, who had also

designed a blood donation vehicle for an NGO earlier, said that the vehicle

will have three flaps, two on the sides and one at the back. A table will

be revealed on opening the co driver's side flap, which will be used for

distribution of leaflets and helping people file applications.

 

A flap on the other side will open to reveal a notice board,

while the one at the back will open to a screen on which multimedia presentations and films on RTI will be screened.

 

Gujarat Chief Information Commissioner RN Das said, "The idea in itself is

very exciting". He said he has already asked MAGP to focus not only on the slums and outskirts of the city areas, but also to venture out in rural

areas.

 

Das is also likely to mediate with public authorities like the

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to hold RTI camps in areas

coordinating with the visit of the vehicle.

"While things have changed considerably in the urban areas, the mindset of PIOs in rural areas are still a cause of concern," he added.

 

Now, RTI on wheels to answer all your right to information queries/Saturday , February 23, 2008 at 01:17:14

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RTI on wheels headed for Mumbai

As Reported in Express India on March 10, 2008

 

After Ahmedabad, Mumbai might soon get its very own “RTI on wheels”.

 

A concept floated by city-based RTI initiative Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel (MAGP), RTI on wheels is a first of its kind experiment to help the Right to Information Act percolate to village and slum dwellers through a vehicle especially designed for the purpose.

 

Equipped with an LCD projector, screen, computer with Internet connectivity, scanner, printer and copier and a small library, the vehicle is to be launched in Ahmedabad this month. Manned by two volunteers, this vehicle will screen films on RTI, distribute pamphlets, hold public discussions on the Act and assist people in filing applications seeking information. Newsline first reported the concept on February 24 earlier this year.

 

“I read about the concept in The Indian Express and was very impressed with the idea,” said Narayan Verma from the Mumbai-based Public Concern for Governance Trust (PCGT). “I later read the story out to my colleagues in the trust and we on principle have agreed to replicate the model in Mumbai,” he said.

 

“We also checked up with Harinesh Pandya from MAGP, and to our pleasant surprise, realised that the cost of the vehicle with all the facilities mentioned would be much less than what we thought it would be,” said Verma, adding that he will be visiting Ahmedabad to see the vehicle for himself before finalising one for Mumbai.

 

Magsaysay Award winner and noted RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal sounded upbeat about the concept.

 

“This is a novel concept developed by MAGP and, I am sure, people will learn from it and replicate it in many other places as well,” he said. “In spite of all the clamour, till now RTI has been limited to workshops and NGOs and few beneficiaries. But with this, the Act will percolate deeper, to the masses who really need this,” he added.

 

“This is certainly encouraging,” said Harinesh Pandya. “While we developed the idea and are working on this initiative in Gujarat, it feels nice to know that our efforts are also inspiring people from other parts of the country and they are thinking of replicating these endeavours,” he said.

 

Pandya said that while Verma has already spoken to him, MAGP would provide the requisite guidance to PCGT for launching such a vehicle in Mumbai. “In fact, we’ll be happy to guide anyone from any other state in something similar,” he said.

 

“At MAGP, however, we would much rather like to see the state adopt this, as it is a part of the state’s obligation to publicise the Act under RTI sec26,” Pandya said.

 

RTI on wheels headed for Mumbai - Latest News - Monday , March 10, 2008 at 02:45:36

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Flagging RTI to win PCO back

As reported by Rahul Mangaonkar in TNN on 17 Mar 2008

 

AHMEDABAD: Remember the SMS Narendra Modi sent to lakhs of voters over the mobile phone network after leading the BJP to a second successive victory in the December 2007 elections? "I am CM, I will always remain CM. For me, CM is Common Man.

 

The country’s first ‘RTI on Wheels’, a mobile Right to Information (RTI) assistance centre, mounted on a specially designed vehicle, will be flagged off by a 'CM'.

 

The event at Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration on Monday will see Usha Dhavan, a physically challenged and poor woman, flag off the vehicle. Scores of people like Dhavan have made their voice heard in the bureaucracy with the help of RTI.

 

In July 2006, Dhavan first walked into the 'Drive against bribe with RTI' campaign at Kochrab Ashram organized by Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel, an umbrella organization of various NGOs in the state as part of a national campaign spearheaded by Magsaysay Award winner Arvind Kejriwal. Dhavan narrated her story about how her sole source of earning an STD-PCO booth was taken away from her.

 

Two years after she first began filing RTI applications, and many hearings and an appeal with Gujarat Information Commission, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation saw reason in her grievance and allocated her a booth, which now fetches more than what she used to earn earlier. Dhavan now also advises her customers on use of RTI.

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cograts for your efforts in speading the RTI flame to the masses.

keep it up and wish your endeavour a great success MAGP

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As reported by Jigisha Doshi on timesof india.com on 19 March 2008:

Welcome

 

As RTI Rages Like Wildfire, These Enthusiasts Are Pitching In To Propel It To Greater Heights

 

Singing a song of empowerment

 

When Vinay and Charul Mahajan sang “jaanne ka haq” at the second national RTI convention in Delhi four years ago, little did they realise it would become virtually the “RTI anthem” in India.

 

Today, the song fills the hearts of RTI activists and common man alike with pride and aspiration as the movement gets stronger and spreads across the country. For Vinay and Charul, an engineer and an architect respectively who have been composing and singing songs to create awareness on social issues, it is yet another dream fulfilment, of empowering people.

 

‘Jaanne ka haq’ has been translated into 13 l a n g u a g e s and NCERT wants to include it in its syllabus. The song is also popular in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. “Our efforts are focussed on sensitising people, which is the need of the hour,” says Charul.

 

‘We have no training in either literature or music. It comes from within. Music for us is not entertainment but a medium to get our message across to people,” says Vinay. The husband-wife duo plays just two instruments — the dafli and the ghungroo.

 

He designed a movement on wheels

 

As an alumnus of India’s premier design school, NID, Amit Paul had the opportunity to work on projects for a wellknown Indian automobile giant. But, this time, it was different — he designed the RTI-on-Wheels, India’s first mobile van to create awareness on the Act.

 

It was a challenge for Amit to accommodate so much in a van, from LCD projector to public address system and DVD player with projection screen to a library and soft board to pin up leaflets. It took him three months for the makeover of a Tata Sumo into the RTI van. The front grill was changed from horizontal to vertical to provide a robust look to the van. The door was modified and shifted at the end of the van to cater to the rush of people.

 

“Converting an old vehicle into a useful tool is a utilitarian con-cept. It helps a low budget project. I feel great to be a part of this movement,” says Amit.

 

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Vinal and Charul Mahajan

 

 

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Amit Paul and the van

 

 

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As reported by TNN on 19 March 2008:

Welcome

 

RTI-on-Wheels off to a rocking start

 

Ahmedabad: In its maiden innings, ‘RTI-on-Wheels’ hit a six with the crowd. Stationed at Civil Hospital on Tuesday evening, the mobile van not just piqued people’s curiosity but also motivated locals to volunteer help. More than 500 leaflets were distributed and over 15 books were sold during the visit. “Most of the people were not aware about RTI. But they came forward to learn,” said Sachin Patel, a volunteer.

 

Such was the exuberance that over six rickshaw drivers volunteered their services for the cause. ‘When I saw this van, I felt I should contribute to the cause in some way,’ said Bharat Chauhan, an autorickshaw driver.

 

One of the visitors to Civil Hospital, Jignesh Shah made a beeline for the van and even bought a book. “I have filed an application under RTI for a cheating case. When police didn’t help me, I resorted to the Act,’ said Shah.

 

 

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The mobile van at Civil Hospital on Tuesday

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‘RTI on Wheels’

Modified Tata Sumo Helpline number 9924085000 written on either side

Area behind driver’s cabin sealed, modified and fitted with..

Four speakers with output of 200 watts Public address system, laptop with WIFI DVD player and amplifier, LCD projector Self-retracting projection screen Both sides of the vehicle open up to form an information kiosk, camera on the rear door RTI applications, appeals and complaint formats, an RTI library List of names and addresses of public information officers

(Financial support for making ‘RTI-on-wheels’ comes from college students of US-based advocacy group - Associations for India’s Development)

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As reported by Jigisha Doshi on timesof india.com on 19 March 2008:

Welcome

 

As RTI Rages Like Wildfire, These Enthusiasts Are Pitching In To Propel It To Greater Heights

 

Singing a song of empowerment

 

When Vinay and Charul Mahajan sang “jaanne ka haq” at the second national RTI convention in Delhi four years ago, little did they realise it would become virtually the “RTI anthem” in India.

 

Today, the song fills the hearts of RTI activists and common man alike with pride and aspiration as the movement gets stronger and spreads across the country. For Vinay and Charul, an engineer and an architect respectively who have been composing and singing songs to create awareness on social issues, it is yet another dream fulfilment, of empowering people.

 

‘Jaanne ka haq’ has been translated into 13 l a n g u a g e s and NCERT wants to include it in its syllabus. The song is also popular in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. “Our efforts are focussed on sensitising people, which is the need of the hour,” says Charul.

 

‘We have no training in either literature or music. It comes from within. Music for us is not entertainment but a medium to get our message across to people,” says Vinay. The husband-wife duo plays just two instruments — the dafli and the ghungroo.

 

He designed a movement on wheels

 

As an alumnus of India’s premier design school, NID, Amit Paul had the opportunity to work on projects for a wellknown Indian automobile giant. But, this time, it was different — he designed the RTI-on-Wheels, India’s first mobile van to create awareness on the Act.

 

It was a challenge for Amit to accommodate so much in a van, from LCD projector to public address system and DVD player with projection screen to a library and soft board to pin up leaflets. It took him three months for the makeover of a Tata Sumo into the RTI van. The front grill was changed from horizontal to vertical to provide a robust look to the van. The door was modified and shifted at the end of the van to cater to the rush of people.

 

“Converting an old vehicle into a useful tool is a utilitarian con-cept. It helps a low budget project. I feel great to be a part of this movement,” says Amit.

 

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Vinal and Charul Mahajan

 

 

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Amit Paul and the van

 

 

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It is a great contribution by the organizers Vinal, Charual Mahajan and Amit Paul.

 

RTI activists getting inspiration and applicants getting confidence with such people's efforts.

 

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RTI-on-wheels to roll into Mumbai

as reported by Rahul Mangaonkar,TNN | 7 Sep 2008

 

AHMEDABAD : After taking the message of the Right to Information (RTI) Act to about 80,000 people across Gujarat in the five months since it was flagged off, the country's first ever ‘RTI-on-wheels' is now set to roll into Mumbai. This would be for the first time that ‘RTI-on-wheels' would be going outside the state for RTI outreach programs.

 

‘RTI-on-wheels' after travelling across Vapi, Valsad, Surat, Rajkot, Baroda, Surendranagar, Banaskantha districts reaches Mumbai on September 26. On invitations from district development officers it had gone to Krishi Melas as well.

 

Public Concern for Governance Trust (PCGT), a Mumbai-based NGO which has eminent citizens like supercop Julio Ribeiro and former cabinet secretary DG Deshmukh as its trustees and members working for promoting transparency and accountability in governance through RTI has invited and will be hosting the ‘RTI-on-wheels'.

 

The Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel (MAGP) run ‘RTI-on-wheels' was flagged off on March 17 in the city by Usha Dhavan, a physically challenged woman who had won back her STD-PCO booth using RTI after a two-year-long struggle.

 

RTI-on-wheels to roll into Mumbai-Ahmedabad-Cities-The Times of India

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i think here is a competition between activists to propagate the RTI ACT among the masses as well as among the regular user of this august forum

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RTI on Wheels is out to spread awareness

as reported by Priya Ramakrishnan, DND, September 27, 2008

 

It has been more than three years since the Right to Information Act (RTI) was passed by the Parliament. However, there are many who still aren’t aware of the Sunshine Act.

In an effort to empower the citizens and to encourage them to avail the benefits of RTI, Public Concern for Governance Trust (PCGT) and Gujarat Mahiti Adhikar Pehel, an NGO, have launched a unique initiatives in the city — an RTI helpline (9322882288) and the RTI on Wheels.

 

“RTI is an important tool which the people can use to fight corruption and ensure transparency. Our aim is to make the common man realise that he too has a right to question the government,” said Julio Ribeiro, executive chairman of PCGT.

 

He added, “Since many people aren’t sure of how to go about filing an RTI, they can call on the helpline for assistance. The van will be touring different parts of Maharashtra and will teach people to file an RTI. It will be in Mumbai on September 29 and 30.”

 

The state-of-the-art mobile van is equipped with an LCD projector, computer with internet connection, a scanner, printer and a small library.

Manned by two volunteers, the van will screen films on RTI, distribute pamphlets, hold public discussions as well as assist people to file their applications.

 

Ribeiro said that the RTI van will visit areas from which they receive the maximum number of calls on the helpline.

 

“The van has reached out to more than 80,000 people in various parts of Gujarat. It will do similar activities and help spread awareness about the act across Maharashtra,” he added.

 

In an attempt to create awareness about the act, PCGT has been conducting workshops and RTI camps at schools, colleges, corporate houses, railway stations, etc.

 

DNA - Mumbai - RTI on Wheels is out to spread awareness - Daily News & Analysis

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‘RTI on wheels’ to educate people about utility of act

as reported in Express News Service, Sep 30, 2008

 

Mumbai, September 29 After successfully touring the districts and villages of Gujarat and educating the citizens about the RTI Act, Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel (MAGP) along with the Public Concern for Governance Trust (PCGT) and Western India Regional Council of Institute of Chartered Accounts of India (WIRC-ICAI) are all set to bring the RTI mobile van in the city. ‘RTI-on-wheels’ was launched in the city on Monday. The van will be operational from October 2.

 

Pankti Jog of MAGP said, “The van is created to educate the common man to use the RTI Act effectively. Most people though know about the Act, have no idea how to use it. In rural area, the challenge is double as most people are still unaware of the Act. The van is designed for these purposes.” The van is equipped with a LCD projector, television, computer with an internet connection, scanner, printer and a small library. Two volunteers will be manning the van to help applicants with any information. According to Jog, the vehicle was a huge success in Gujarat. “We launched the vehicle in Gujarat in March this year and visited inaccessible villages and tribal belts. We covered areas like Ahmedabad, Patan, Surendranagar, Rajkot and Sabarkhanta. Seeing the success there we decided to launch this vehicle in the financial capital too,” said Jog.

 

The PCGT, which has been sensitizing the public about the Act and its various aspects, also decided to lend a hand to this initiative. Founder trustee of PCGT, Narayan Verma said, “Since its inception in 2005, the RTI Act has come a long way. Though more and more people are using the act now to get public information, many still do not know the necessary procedures. This van will help in making the whole procedure less cumbersome. Basically, the purpose of the vehicle is to tutor people on how to effectively use the Act.” The group is using a modified Tata Sumo which they used in Gujarat in the city as well.

 

“We purchased the vehicle at market rate and additionally shelled out Rs 3 lakh for all the equipment,” said Verma. In Mumbai, students of WIRC-ICAI are also pitching in the initiative. “This year we are celebrating the diamond jubilee, and as part of our social initiative programme we thought of spreading awareness about the RTI Act, and this van is good ground for the purpose. People at large, especially the youngsters...

 

‘RTI on wheels’ to educate people about utility of act

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Learning about RTI while on the move

as reported in Times of India, 1 Oct 2008, TNN

 

MUMBAI: Hundreds of people thronged a unique van that travelled across the city and suburbs spreading the cause of the Right to Information Act (RTI)

 

The RTI-onwheels , a concept mooted by Gujarat-based Mahiti Adhikar Pehel, was in the city over the past three days, answering basic queries about the Act.

 

The van even went to as far as Kalyan, creating awareness about issues like how to file an RTI query or go for an appeal if an applicant is not satisfied with the information. "People from all walks of life came forward to know more about the nuances of the Act,'' said Rashna Master of Public Concern for Governance Trust (PCGT), an NGO that had requested Mahiti Adhikar Pehel to bring the van to the city.

 

"RTI-on-wheels is equipped with an LCD projector screen, a computer with internet facilities and a library . We have, so far, reached out to more than 80,000 people and have visited 19 districts in Gujarat,'' said a volunteer with the project.

 

Learning about RTI while on the move -Mumbai-Cities-The Times of India

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RTI for the road

As reported by Pranav Kulkarni in Indian Express, Apr 18, 2010

 

It is noon and the mercury has crossed the 41-degree mark. But in Bhilwara, Rajasthan, the villagers stand huddled, waiting for “RTI wale”. Soon, a yellow-and-black Tata Sumo trundles into the village, trailed by a group of excited children shouting, “RTI wale aa gaye.” It comes to a halt in front of the village panchayat and out pops a mike and one of the two men in the vehicle begins to speak. “This is Right to Information on wheels. And we are here to show you the path to justice,” says Harinesh Pandya, a volunteer of Mahiti Adhikar Gujarath Pahel (MAGP) that initiated the movement.

 

Started in March 2008, RTI-on-wheels is an initiative to take the message of the Right to Information Act, 2005, to remote villages of the country. And what started in Gujarat has moved on to 34 districts, 88 gram sabhas and 93 public authorities in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

 

Based out of Ahmedabad, MAGP is a forum that promotes RTI and motivates people to obtain and use information as a means to develop and empower.

 

The van, pasted with banners and posters, comes with a laptop with over 143 films on RTI, a sound and mike system, television and CD player. There is also a help desk to draft the applications for the villagers.

 

At least five days a week, the car visits remote villages in the three states, spreading the message of RTI. Besides using lectures and films to drive home the message, the volunteers interact with people and fill RTI application forms for them. “Many of the problems are common to most villages. Watershed developments initiatives, road construction, NREGS and so on. For these, we have ready applications. For individual concerns such as property disputes and pension issues, we help them fill the applications,” says Pankti Jog, volunteer, MAGP.

 

“We started India’s first RTI telephone helpline to provide prompt guidance to citizens about the Act. So far, the RTI helpline has responded to more than 47,000 phone calls. The RTI-on-wheels takes it one step further, reaching out to remote villages,” says Jog.

 

In the two years of its journey, the RTI-on-wheels has been part of a number of life-changing stories. Ratna Ala’s is one of them. Ala is a visually challenged, middle-aged man who lives in Rangapur in Rajkot district of Rajasthan. The rough, kachha road leading to his village made it impossible for him to walk. One day, he dialled the RTI helpline and with their help filed an application to enquire about the funds allotted for the road. The impact? “Not only did he get details of the funds allotted, even the fraud that the block administration was involved in came to light. The road was constructed and Ala was given the Rahul Mangaonkar Award for the use of RTI. Today, Ala is our activist,” says Pandya.

 

Magsaysay Award winner Aruna Roy’s foundation Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) was so impressed with the concept that they invited the vehicle for a demonstration in parts of Rajasthan. The visit to Bhilwara was part of this demonstration. “It is a great initiative. RTI is the second most important movement after the freedom struggle and it is important that every Indian knows and utilises it effectively,” says Lal Singh, member, MKSS.

 

That means a long ride for the RTI van. “Having covered 1,45,000 km, the RTI-on-wheels has reached over 3,50,000 villagers in two years,” says Pandya.

 

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RTI on Wheels reaches Jammu

 

JAMMU: RTI on Wheels, a multi-media Van with mobile RTI Clinic, which takes RTI to un-reached areas and population with innovative approach, has arrived here on Sunday.

RTI on Wheels has been invited in the State by Sangarsh RTI Movement.

RTI On Wheels on 16th June will have public programme for citizens at Gole Market Gandhi Nagar near Pahalwan Sweet Shop at 8:00 PM onwards where RTI’s short films and some success stories shall be displayed there.

“We appeal citizens of Jammu to participate in the programme and take benefit of this programme” said Sangarsh RTI Movement members.

 

Read at: RTI on Wheels reaches Jammu | State Times

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