NEW DELHI: Social activist Anna Hazare has decided to sit on dharna at Rajghat from January 1 to protest non-implementation of the Right to Information Act.
In a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the veteran Gandhian said that though the legislation had been enacted at her initiative neither the Centre nor the state governments had shown any interest in creating awareness about the Act.
"Those in the government are not only dragging their feet but are generally seen sabotaging it,"he wrote. Hazare said the government deliberately ignored the most crucial provision in the law about disclosure of routine information by all public authorities.
"This confirms their disdain for the provisions of the Act, the draft of which was prepared under your leadership,"he wrote.
Pune, January 01:SOCIAL activist Anna Hazare on Monday said he was postponing his agitation to press the demand for effective implementation of the Right to Information Act till January 26 as his demands have been accepted in principal by Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh. In a press note, Hazare said the decision of postponing his agitation was taken after he had a meeting with Deshmukh in Mumbai on Sunday. He said the meeting was attended by Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil, Chief Information Commissioner Suresh Joshi and other senior officials.
Hazare said he was assured that by January 26, the state government would provide information on how many requisitions were required from each of the districts and what action was taken on them by the Public Information Officer (PIO).
Moreover, he said he was promised that decisions would be taken about publishing pamphlets providing information about the RTI, displaying signboards giving information about PIOs and appellate officers, appointment of four more information commissioners, providing information about functioning of every government department on websites, use of video conferencing for hearing on appeals filed under the RTI, making it mandatory for district collectors to submit report on disposal of requisitions filed under the RTI to chief information commissioner and state government every month and penal action against information officers failing to give information within the deadline or providing inadequate or false or misleading information. Hazare has launched an agitation to press his demand under which his Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jana Andolan has been taking out morchas at offices of District Collectors across the state. Hazare had also announced that he would be going on hunger strike in Delhi from January 1 to press his demands.