NEW DELHI: The Central Information Commission has expressed dissatisfaction over the Centre's efforts to create public awareness with regard to the Right to Information Act.
Observing that it is the Centre's duty to take steps for educating people on the transparency law, Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah said the government was "not doing its part satisfactorily" towards that cause.
Even as he quoted an official report to claim that the RTI law was being increasingly used by ordinary citizens, including people below poverty line, the CIC was categorical in expressing his dissatisfaction when he said, "very little has been done by government to create awareness of the RTI Act."
Speaking at a workshop organised by industry body ASSOCHAM recently, Habibullah was, however, appreciative of the efforts of NGOs and the media, which he said had been instrumental in building greater awareness and understanding among citizens about their rights under the pro-people legislation.
His remarks assume significance as it criticises the Centre for its lack of initiative in extending the benefits of the RTI law to the masses. The law has been projected as a result of UPA's efforts to usher transparency in governance.
Habibullah, who heads the statutorily formed commission went ahead to suggest that the Centre could play an indirect role in generating awareness about the RTI law by providing financial support to organisations to act on its behalf.