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    RTI-on-wheels to roll into Mumbai

    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 然TI-on-wheels' is now set to roll into Mumbai. This would be for the first time that 然TI-on-wheels' would be going outside the state for RTI outreach programs.

    然TI-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 然TI-on-wheels'.

    The Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel (MAGP) run 然TI-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

  2. Re: RTI on wheels

    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

    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稚 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.

    迭TI 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, 鉄ince many people aren稚 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.

    典he 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

    然TI 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. 然TI-on-wheels was launched in the city on Monday. The van will be operational from October 2.

    Pankti Jog of MAGP said, 典he 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. 展e 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, 鉄ince 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.

    展e 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. 典his 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...

    然TI on wheels to educate people about utility of act

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    Learning about RTI while on the move

    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

    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 迭TI wale. Soon, a yellow-and-black Tata Sumo trundles into the village, trailed by a group of excited children shouting, 迭TI 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. 典his 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. 溺any 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.

    展e started India痴 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痴 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? 哲ot 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痴 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. 的t 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. 滴aving covered 1,45,000 km, the RTI-on-wheels has reached over 3,50,000 villagers in two years, says Pandya.

    RTI for the road

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    Re: RTI on wheels

    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痴 short films and some success stories shall be displayed there.
    展e 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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