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Activists to launch save RTI campaign


As Reported in Economic Times, 30 Jul, 2008, 1849 hrs IST, PTI


NEW DELHI: Not happy with the working of various information commissions in the country three years after the implementation of the Right To Information act, RTI activists have now decided to launch a 'Save RTI' campaign.


"There are increasing pendency of cases in the Information Commissions. The condition has become so bad that if you file an RTI today chances are that it will come to hearing two years later. We feel that the information which is not provided on time has no meaning," Magsaysay award winner leading RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal told the media.


Kejriwal alleged that the attitude of the people, who are supposed to solve the problems, is not encouraging for the RTI Act. A meeting of leading RTI activists was held in the capital recently where more than 150 activists from 21 states participated, said Kejriwal, adding that they are planning to take their 'Save RTI' campaign to the public directly.


"We will focus on collecting data regarding the grievances of the people and will do a public audit of all the judgements of the information commissions during the month of October this year and later do a public hearing of them as well," he said.


The activists feel that despite the clause of penalty in the Act, most commissions refrain from giving penalties to the faulty Public Information Officers (PIOs) which encourages them to hold back relevant information from the public.


"CIC has passed an order barring the employees from filing RTI application in their own department whereas Kerala Information Commission has passed an order saying the ministries do not come under the purview of the act. All these judgements are anti-RTI," said Kejriwal.


Activists to launch 'save RTI' campaign- Politics/Nation-News-The Economic Times

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