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Call to make use of RTI Act

Atul Patankar

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Atul Patankar

As reported at expressbuzz.com on 12 Aug 2009


HYDERABAD: The University of Hyderabad hosted a workshop concerning the Right to Information (RTI) Act, in an attempt to give an academic perspective to the issue, its implementation and the difficulties encountered while implementing them. The workshop was inaugurated by Chief Information Commissioner of India, Wajahat Habibullah, who slammed the educated masses for being ignorant of the RTI Act and its implications in public life.While the RTI Act has been around for some time, the process of implementation and its use in public life has been an issue that has usually not garnered much support in terms of discussion, especially in the academic circles. Stressing on the need to ensure transparency and equality in the civil society, Habibullah said that “democracy requires accountability and accountability requires transparency. It is this accountability and transparency that are the key factors in the successful implementation of Right to Information Act,” to which he added, saying that “issues concerning the implementation, awareness and the use of the RTI Act among the students is the lowest in any community in our country.” Activist Aruna Roy, who was present at the event as guest of honour noted that despite the shortcomings in the implementation of the RTI Act, “a considerable section of rural India has been successful in using the RTI.” Habibullah in his talk continued to say that the implementation of e-governance is an issue that needs to be given due respect, “and still has a long way to go to become an effective system of administration.” Habibullah also chided government websites for not disclosing full facts and figures, and for publishing incomplete data. “It is ironic to note that the system of disclosure through the Internet is a medium that is out of reach for most Indians,.” he said.He concluded his talk by insisting that the onus of utilising the Act is up to individuals and the government bodies in turn, “should make provisions for making information freely available in printed or other forms,” to people who lack access to communication services.


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Habibullah also chided government websites for not disclosing full facts and figures, and for publishing incomplete data.


May I request the Hon'ble CIC to start with the website of his own Commission !


The following page on the CIC website still shows 16 central Departments/Agencies allotted to Ms. Omita Paul, long after she resigned as a IC in the CIC:


Central Information Commission


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Several other outdated information is also on that website.

Screenshot CIC Website as on 13 August 2009.JPG

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