Now, become a certified RTI activist in five sessions
Reported by Yogita Rao in D N A Friday, May 30, 2008 02:18 IST
KC Law College will start two courses on how to file precise RTI
applications from July
You no longer need to be bogged down by the tricky loopholes in the
Right to Information (RTI) Act or be taken for a ride by officials. A
law college in South Mumbai has started a course that will help
citizens become certified RTI activists who know the nuances of filing
an RTI application the right way.
KC Law College, Churchgate, is starting two courses on RTI — a
foundation course and an advanced course, which would be the first of
their kind in the country. The idea is to teach people the
fundamentals of filing RTI applications.
"People need to learn how to ask for information. It is a wonderful
weapon available to us and we should make full use of it," said
Neelima Chandiramani, the college's principal. "People do not even
know how to ask to-the-point questions and end up writing long-winded
The idea of starting the course was a result of brainstorming between
Chandiramani and activist Shailesh Gandhi, who will be conducting the
sessions. The course will begin from July and will run into five
sessions of three hours each. The classes will be held on Saturdays
Most of the course will be based on practical assignments, with
candidates filing applications on topics given by the college. While
both the courses will be open for all, the college expects people who
have already filed applications to enroll for the advanced course.
Gandhi said, "Information officers sometimes fool people if the
questions are not direct. Though there is no perfect solution to avoid
such discrepancies, the course will help people fine tune their skills
as RTI activists." Gandhi said 95% of the applications he filed never
exceeded 150 words.
Mahesh Vaswani, the chairman of legal aid committee of GJ Advani Law
College, said, "Filing applications should be made as easy as clicking
the mouse on a computer." The committee had conducted RTI workshops
for slum dwellers in 20 suburbs in the western region.
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