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    RTI on wheels


    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


    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


    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.


    Vinal and Charul Mahajan



    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.



    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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    Quote Originally Posted by karira View Post
    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.


    Vinal and Charul Mahajan



    Amit Paul and the van


    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.

    rakatkam.

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