The final three, attached to this post.
The final three, attached to this post.
Are we planning anything ?
I guess, this debate is going to last for a long time & would probably remain confined to the people who know the ifs & buts of the Act & its pros & cons. The way to take it forward , to me as a lay man with little understanding of the act & its benefits , is to propagate its use , benefits & rationale to as many people as possible. So that , when the time for a national debate comes , people are aware of what the talk is all about.
Now , as they say , no idea is bad as long as it is discussed thoroughly. Can the elite veterans & the administrative section here , make a detailed pamphlet/ presentation( methodolgy can be discussed ). Each one of us , here , who is passionate about the act & its impact, then makes an attempt to e-mail it to as many people as possible, with a plea to forward it again to many people possible. We talk about the impact that it has made in the life of folks like karira mentioned in the above posts. Let us make it travel across the lentgh & breadth of the country & make a substaintal NOISE level, highlighting the relevant issues. Of- course the sender would be a certified member of rtiindia & all the relevant legal aspects be clarified first.
What do you think ? you can shoot it down & think of something else. This is just an impromto thought...
Are we planning anything?
"If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people." -- Confucius
I actually posted those questionnaires and expected members to read.
They have many mistakes (like one question where someone is asked if payment was made by Credit Card).
Regarding propagation, the first would be to enlighten at least the Internet user base in India. That can easily be done by inviting people to this forum. Just use the invitation link (invitation system) available at the top of your user control panel.
The alternate study by RAAG,NCPRI is out. Please see this story based on this study.
A copy of interim report by RaaG is uploaded to the directory section here.
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Meghalaya leads the pack, Delhi has poorest record: RTI
as reported in Times of India, 17 Nov 2008, TNN
NEW DELHI: Meghalaya is the most RTI friendly state while Delhi and Rajasthan have fared the worst in a study undertaken by the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI) and Right to Information Assessment and Analysis Group (RaaG).
Amongst public authorities, the Delhi police has the dubious distinction of the poorest record. Not only does it reject the most number of RTI applications but it also demands exorbitant payments for giving the information in the form, the study found. Elaborating on the performance of the Delhi police with respect to RTI, NCPRI member Shekhar Singh said,
‘‘The licensing authority in the Delhi police asked the organisation for Rs 41,832 for essentially a list of applications.’’
The Railways and the ministry of environment and forests have the best performance amongst Central public authorities with 90% and 74% responses respectively. The study interviewed 311 applicants in 192 villages spread over 10 states. The interim findings of the report — expected to be completed in December — were that one-fourth applicants had school education while 20% of them were from scheduled castes and 28% were OBCs. A profile of the applicants showed that an overwhelming number (90%) were male.
Judiciary also did not pass the close scrutiny of the research. According to the interim findings, HCs of Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Punjab and Haryana, and Delhi have provisions that seek to exempt information from public over and above the exemptions specified in the law.
In fact, the HCs of Delhi, Calcutta and Gujarat have specified the quantum of penalty that is much lower than in the state. The results of judging awareness levels amongst PIOs brought out disappointing statistics. About 50% PIOs didn’t even have a copy of the RTI Act while 37% lacked training and 27% pleaded unfamiliarity with the legislation.
Meghalaya leads the pack, Delhi has poorest record: RTI-India-The Times of India
The study, it must be kept in mind, is conducted only in ten states. Not in all the states of India. Moreover, the interim findings are on the basis of preliminary assessment of details in respect of six states only. Nevertheless the findings make interesting reading. It is a good effort in the right direction. Of special interest are the details regarding the rules made by various states and High Courts!