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Tamilnadu RTI Campaign Update 2 16 July, 2006. Chennai Camp

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Tamilnadu Right to Information Campaign Update 2

16 July, 2006. Chennai Camp

Update by Sharadha Narayanan and Nityanand Jayaraman, For the TN Right to Information Campaign

Three days into the campaign, momentum is picking up to the point where the capacity of volunteers is being strained. More than 250 volunteers have been trained as of Sunday, including fisherfolk, urban poor, students from schools and colleges and other walk-ins. Media coverage, particularly in Tamil newspapers and TV has been substantial. One advertisement that appeared in Dinakaran — a popular Tamil daily — has resulted in at hundreds of calls to the helpline numbers. Many people responding to Dinakaran call from Chennai, Salem, Erode, Coimbatore and Nilgiri districts. Chennai callers are directed to attend the clinic, while outstation callers are either referred to district level organisers or are assisted by helpline volunteers.

Till date more than 90 people have been assisted in filing Right to Information requests or in appealing responses received by them.

On 15 July, 2006, the Campaign held its first Government response session. The session was very well attended with Taramani area Civic Exnora members and other walk-ins, numbering about 60 present through the course of the meeting. Four Government departments — Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, Chennai Municipal Corporation, Metrowater and Slum Clearance Board — with particular relevance to the needs of urban poor sent their respective Public Information Officers to explain what the Department has done to implement the RTI, and field questions by the Public.

Mr. Gunasekaran- PIO, Metro Water Department:

Mr. Gunasekaran claimed that the Metro Water Department ensured almost 100% adherence to the Citizens charter. His department, he added, was also involved in distributing free booklets containing the department’s working, roles and responsibilities to the people on the issue of every new card for supply of water. The department’s website would also be a comprehensive source of information on the same.

Demand Drafts for filing RTI applications to this department should be in the name of CMWSSB.
Appellate authority for RTI – Managing Director.

RTI applications received so far: 38
Status of applications: Responded to all

Mr. Balasubramaniyam- PIO, Chennai Municipal Corporation:
Mr. Balasubramaniyam informed the people that their department website www.chennaicorporation.com was a one-point source for all information about the department.
People who do not have access to this website can obtain the information they require by
approaching the zonal officers appointed for all zones of Chennai.

Demand Drafts for filing RTI applications to this department should be in the name of Chief
Engineer General, Chennai Corporation .

PIOs- All Zonal Officers
APIOs- Chief Accounts Officers
Appellate Authority- Commissioner

RTI applications received so far: 7
Status of applications: Responded to 4
Mr. Murugesan- PIO, Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board.

Mr. Murugesan assured the people that the zonal officers appointed by the department would
help people in every possible way. He also informed the people that RTI applications should  be sent to the Main PIO who would forward the requests to the other 14 PIOs as the case may be.

Demand Drafts for filing RTI applications to this department should be in the name of Chairman, Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board.

PIO- Public Relations Officer
Appellate Authority- Managing Director

RTI applications received so far: 3
Status of applications: Responded to 1

Mr.D.Gunasekaran- PIO, CMDA

Mr.D.Gunasekaran stressed on the need to obtain approval from the CMDA for any land-related activity to avoid complications at a later date. He also urged the people to take the assistance of his officials before purchasing any land or house.He also instructed the people to approach the Grievance cell of his department to sort out issues concerning bribery of officials to his department for quick redressal.

Contact details: 9444008080/044-28414855/044-28414504.

Demand Drafts for filing RTI applications to this department should be in the name of Member
Secretary, Chennai Metro Development Authority .

PIO- Public Relations officer
Appellate Authority- Member Secretary

RTI applications received so far: 25
Status of applications: Responded to 21
This is the first time since the enactment of the RTI Act that Government officials are being called upon to explain what they have done to implement the Act. The positive response of the concerned departments is particularly heartening and lends credence to the optimism exhibited by RTI proponents.

Similar Government response sessions are planned for other departments including, Labour, TNEB, TNPCB and Civil Supplies.

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Tamil translation of Information Act

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 16, 2006

Tamil translation of Information Acthttp://newstodaynet.com/16jul/rf17.htm

NT Bureau
Chennai, July 16:

        Tamilnadu Chief Information Commissioner S Ramakrishnan has said that the President of India has given assent to the Tamil translation of Right to Information Act (RTI).

        The Centre had accepted it and expected to notify it soon, he told reporters after a media workshop on RTI here friday.

        The State Information Commission had so far received over 1000 appeals 900 of which had been cleared. It had issued show-cause notice to 50 officials for not providing information on time, not providing information at all and for providing incomplete information, Ramakrishnan said.

        The commission would have its own website soon, he said and added that the site had been designed by National Informatics Centre. To a query, he said the Tamilnadu government had been extending full cooperation to the commission. ‘Yesterday we met Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and he heard our grievances, ‘ he said. The commission had sought allocation of Rs 2.5 crore in the current budget.

        Earlier in the workshop, Information Commissioner of Central Information Commission Padma Balasubramaniam said about 80 per cent of appeals were filed by the government officials themselves with queries related to promotion, disciplinary proceedings and others.

        She said the commission was planning to organise a three-day meeting of State Information Commissioners in October. Various aspects of the Right to Information Act would be discussed.

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Implementation of RTI Act Needed – an information cell

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 16, 2006

Implementation of RTI Act Needed – an information cell
Sunday July 16 2006 11:08 IST

http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IER20060716004630&Title=Kerala&rLink=0

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Unless the Police Department creates an exclusive ‘‘information cell’’ to deal with the flow of applications seeking information under the Right to Information Act, the spirit of the Act will be violated and the systems put in place for the implementation of the Act will prove useless.

The widespread ignorance about the Act among the police force is not helping the cause. For instance, the policemen on duty at the Police Headquarters here are unaware of the presence of the State Public Information Officer (SPIO) in their midst.

They know DIG Y Anilkumar as head of the administration wing but are in the dark about his additional charge as the SPIO. This ignorance often puts the public in difficulties.

When this website’s newspaper team reached the Headquarters on June 22 to seek information under the Act, after a time-consuming process of getting a chalan receipt for Rs 10 from the treasury, the policemen on duty had led the team to the wrong person.

The team, after a long wait and some embarrassing moments, finally met the SPIO and submitted the application. Twenty-two days later, on July 15, Express received a letter from the Director-General of Police saying that an additional amount of Rs 4 should be paid because the information sought consumed two A4 size pages (Rs 2 for each page).

After what happened at the treasury on June 22, this website’s newspaper team decided to remit the money through ‘‘TR 5’’ maintained in the office of the SPIO. Since there were no helpful directions in front of the Headquarters, this website’s newspaper team approached the duty officer.

The team was not really surprised when the duty officer was blank about TR 5. He then consulted some of his seniors and directed the team to the police cashier who was sitting at a far corner in the topmost floor of the brand new four-storey building at the rear side of the Headquarters.

It was a steep winding climb up to the top. The team found the cashier in the corner but he was not ready to accept the money without getting sanction from a senior officer. So the team went all the way down to the duty officer who then directed it to the DIG Administration’s wing.

The DIG’s staff expressed surprise that the cashier asked for sanction. They tried to call the cashier but they didn’t have the phone number. So one of the clerical staff came with the team to the cashier. Another steep, winding climb.

After the money was remitted, the team was asked to give in writing that the money was paid. So once again it had to go all the way back to the DIG office in the old building to complete the formality. At a time when crores of rupees are being transferred in a matter of seconds, this website’s newspaper team took nearly an hour to pay an amount of Rs 4.

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Don’t misuse RTI Act, people told

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 15, 2006

Don’t misuse RTI Act, people told

Staff Reporter

http://www.hindu.com/2006/07/16/stories/2006071616020300.htm

`The Act has made right to information the duty of the Government’

 

 



WITH RAPT ATTENTION: (From left) Retired civil servant and former Policy Advisor to United Nations (Food and Agricultural Organisation) B.S. Raghavan, Coimbatore District Collector Neeraj Mittal, Chairman of Kural B.K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, and Ch ief Information Commissioner, Right to Information Act, S. Ramakrishnan at a meeting organised in Coimbatore on Saturday to sensitise people to Right to Information Act. – Photo: M. Periasamy

 

 

 

Coimbatore: Training Government employees on responsibilities under the Right to Information Act (RTI) of 2005 will ensure successful implementation of the Act, said S. Ramakrishnan, Chief Information Commissioner for RTI, here on Saturday.

Mr Ramakrishnan was speaking at a meeting organised by five voluntary organisations: Citizens Voice Club, Karam, Kural, Residents’ Awareness Association of Coimbatore (RAAC) and Siruthuli, aimed at creating awareness on RTI.

He said this Act had made right to information the duty of the Government. “It is true that the Government employees have some reluctance and confusion in implementation of the same but definitely there is no resistance or lethargy”.

Process to be simplified

He announced that that the process for applying for information under the provisions of the Act was to be simplified shortly and said there was no need to pay the fee of Rs 50 for appeals.

He exhorted applicants to seek practical and realistic information. RTI should be used and not misused.

An information officer could be penalised, if he had deliberately or intentionally refused or delayed information or even furnished wrong information, he said.

Chairman of Kural, B.K. Krishnaraj Vanvarayar, said a self-made industrial city without even a single Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) had once again proved that it would pioneer a people’s movement.

District Collector Neeraj Mittal said right to information was already available in an implicit manner under Articles 19 and 21 of the Indian Constitution, but the Act had made the right more explicit.

Exemption

Consultant lawyer for Federation of Consumer Organisations of Tamil Nadu (FEDCOT) C.A. Das said there were more than 25,000 written laws in the country and some of them were gathering dust.

The law gave scope for asking any information without citing reasons, for copies and even samples. If addressed to a wrong official, the particular officer was responsible to reach it to the one concerned.

The only exemption was for information relating to National Security. In case an applicant does not know whom to address the application, it could be sent to the personal assistant (general) to the Collector.

Retired civil servant and former policy advisor to the United Nations (Food and Agricultural Organisation) B.S. Raghavan said even colonial rulers used to say that every petition concerned the life of a citizen with grievances.

Such an attitude was absent in today’s administrators, he said. “During the colonial rule, which we even called slavery, civil servants and authorised signatories would end their letters saying `your obedient and humble servant’,” Mr Raghavan said.

In Independent India petitioners were handled arrogantly, he lamented. The Act was aimed at converting the petitioners into rulers in the real spirit of democracy, he added.

“Be forthcoming with information on the status of applications and petitions on your notice board,” he told government officers. He exhorted the heads of departments to revive the practice of reviewing pending petitions/applications status on a weekly basis to instil fear and inspect offices regularly.

G. Soundararajan of RAAC, Vanitha Mohan, Managing Trustee of Siruthuli, A.V. Varadarajan of Karam took part in the meeting.

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State Information Commission to have its website soon

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 14, 2006

State Information Commission to have its website soon

Special Correspondent

http://www.hindu.com/2006/07/15/stories/2006071505630600.htm

Tamil Nadu fully cooperating with the commission Tamil Nadu fully cooperating with the commission

 

 


  • Rs.250 lakh sought in the current budget for the commission
  • A meeting of Information Commissioners of the States planned in October

     

    — Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

    CLEARING DOUBTS: Padma Balasubramanian (left), Information Commissioner, New Delhi, and S. Ramakrishnan, Tamil Nadu Chief Information Commissioner (second from left), talking to journalism students on the Right to Information Act in Chennai on Friday.

     

    CHENNAI: The State Information Commission is all set to have a website, designed by the National Informatics Centre. Once work is complete, all decisions will be hosted on it.

    State Chief Information Commissioner S. Ramakrishnan told reporters here on Friday, after a media workshop on the legislation at the Press Information Bureau, that the law had been translated into Tamil. The Centre had accepted it and would notify it.

    Answering questions, he said the Tamil Nadu Government was fully cooperating with the Commission. The Commission had sought allocation of Rs. 2.5 crore in the current budget. Training of officers to sensitise them to the legislation was a continuous process. The exercise had been completed for senior officers.

    Notices issued

    He said show-cause notices had been issued to 50 officials for not providing information on time, not providing information at all and providing incomplete information.

    State Information Commissioner G. Ramakrishnan said the Act came into force on October 12, 2005.

    The Commission was formed prior to that. Tamil Nadu was the third State with a full set-up of the Commission. The staff could not be appointed because of elections. Services of retired hands were availed to ensuring that the applicants did not suffer. In this year’s budget regular funds would be allocated for the Commission.

    Padma Balasubramanian, Information Commissioner, Central Information Commission (CIC), said a meeting of Information Commissioners of the States was planned in October. Various aspects, including amendments, if any, to the legislation and similar laws in foreign countries would be discussed.

    She said the CIC had imposed penalties on officials in a couple of cases in Delhi.

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    Empowering the layman thru law

    Posted by rtiact2005 on July 14, 2006

    Empowering the layman thru lawNT Bureau
    Chennai, July 14:

    http://newstodaynet.com/14jul/rf4.htm

    Senior advocates Sriram Panchu and Sudha Ramalingam, V V Vasanthi Devi, former,
    chairperson, Tamilnadu State Commission for Women, S Ramakrishna, Chief Information
    Commissioner of Tamilnadu State Information Commission at ‘the Right to Information’
    campaign in the city yesterday.

    ‘The Right to Information Act (RTI) is a powerful tool which would empower the common people,’ S Ramakrishnan, Chief Information Commissioner of Tamilnadu State Information Commission, has said.

    Inaugurating a 15- day camp- cum- clinic organised here yesterday by the ‘Tamilnadu Right to Information Campaign’, Ramakrishnan said, ‘The State Information Commission had received more than 1,000 petitions out of which 900 petitions were disposed of with necessary directions to the authorities concerned’. ‘Mostly, the petitions sought information from public authorities and also redressal of grievances apart from compensation,’ he added.

    Explaining about the Act, he said, ‘while using the law, the public should specifically know what, how and where to seek the information and the commission has sent the applications to the departments requesting them to take necessary actions within a fortnight’.

    Ramakrishnan also stated that the practice of official secrecy which is pre-dominant in the mindset of the government officials and employees and fear over the RTI Act were the major hurdles to the implementation of the Act.

    He further said, ‘the Act should be popularised among the general public and adequate training to officials on enforcing the Act is the need of the hour’.

    Addressing the gathering, Sriram Panchu, senior advocate, Madras High Court, said, ‘The Act has actually given an ample opportunity to general populace to know the proceedings of the government. By using the Act public could also expedite the processing of issuance of ration cards, community certificates, land requirements etc’.

    V Vasanthi Devi, former, chairperson, Tamilnadu State Commission for Women, said the legislation had bridged gap between the people and government .

    She emphasised that government should take necessary action to create awareness among the public about this law. Sudha Ramalingam, advocate and National Council member, People Union of Civil Liberties, was also present.

    The Chennai camp- cum- clinic, organised by the RTI, would be on in Bharathiyar Memorial Hall at Triplicane till 25 July.

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    Update of Inaugural Session of Tamilnadu Right to Information Campaign, Chennai

    Posted by rtiact2005 on July 13, 2006

    Update of Inaugural Session of Tamilnadu Right to Information Campaign, Chennai

    12 July, 2006

    Bharatiyar Memorial House, Triplicane, Chennai

    By Karuna Muthiah, AID-TN for Tamilnadu Right to Information Campaign

    The Chennai activities of the Tamilnadu Right to Information Campaign were commenced today at 10 a.m. in a function attended by about 100 people including from the press and TV. Highlights from the presentations of the key speakers, the training session and the RTI clinic are below.

    Key Presentations

    Mr. S. Ramakrishnan, The Chief Information Commissioner of Tamil Nadu, Mr. Sriram Panchu, Senior Advocate, Madras High Court, Dr. V. Vasanthi Devi, AID-TN President, Ms. Sudha Ramalingam, PUCL were the invited guests who inaugrated the conference and addressed the audience. Activities in Madurai and Nagapattinam were kicked off on 10 July.

    Short highlights from the speeches follow:

    Mr. Sriram Panchu. He said that this act provides a good opportunity for people participate in democracy on a continous basis as opposed to just once in 5 years during elections. He said that 4 questions need to be addressed in the training sessions – what to ask? how to ask? whom to address? where to go for redressal?
    The RTI act can be used to probe denial of personal entitlements like denial of a ration card or
    to question concerns of wider social issues like – to what extent is the pollution here, who caused it, what action has been taken by the polluter, who laid this road, how much was paid, how many cinema theaters are in violation of fire-safety norms in this area etc. He appreciated the extent of this campaign – about 2500 individuals an 75 organisations working on this over the next 2 weeks in Tamil Nadu. He wanted all government departments to comply with section 4 of the act (see /WelcomeRTI.htm) – section which stipulates what different departments need to do to provide information to the public easily be complied with. He also wanted the state\n
    information commission to include members from civil society and not just government officials.

    Mr. S. Ramakrishnan, State Information Commissioner, Tamilnadu
    A retired IAS officer, he has been functioning as the chief information commissioner for the last 6\n
    months. He placed on record his experiences. More than 1000 appeals have come to his office and about 900 have been resolved. The rest are being worked on. This act can provide lots of benefits but people have not understood this act properly. Just like one medicine cannot be used to cure all diseases, this act cannot be used  to solve all problems – only information can be requested but no compensation or resolution of problem is possible. For example you can find\n
    whether your neighbour has constructed his house according to sanctioned plans but you cannot do anything through this act if he has not. People should come to the state information commission only for appeal and not straight away – if they do so, their petition will get delayed by 5 days (Act says that government officials have to forward it to the right person within 5 days). If people address it to the wrong person, sometimes it might not go to anyone at all. This culture of\n
    everything being open is new to government officials and it will take time for them to understand. He said that because this act was designed by activists who have lots of passion but little practical experience, it has it\’s limitations. 1000s of employees need to be trained, government officials do not know what to implement for section 4 etc. Any act will take some time to be fully implemented. For example it took about 8 years after passing before  the act was effectively implemented in Britain.  So, people should not lose heart if they are not able to get the information that they need. More information is not necessarily more knowledge. For instance someone wanted to know all the employees who have been provided work under the employment guarantee act in Tamil Nadu. Asking questions is tricky. Not all lawyers can do good cross-examination. About only government officers in the current commission, he said that this homogenity is indeed a problem but that only one snake will know another snake\’s legs (a tamil proverb) meaning only ex-government officials can be effective in this commission. He said the\n”,1] ); //–>http://persmin.nic.in/RTI/WelcomeRTI.htm) – section which stipulates what different departments need to do to provide information to the public easily be complied with. He also wanted the state
    information commission to include members from civil society and not just government officials.

    Mr. S. Ramakrishnan, State Information Commissioner, Tamilnadu
    A retired IAS officer, he has been functioning as the chief information commissioner for the last 6
    months. He placed on record his experiences. More than 1000 appeals have come to his office and about 900 have been resolved. The rest are being worked on. This act can provide lots of benefits but people have not understood this act properly. Just like one medicine cannot be used to cure all diseases, this act cannot be used  to solve all problems – only information can be requested but no compensation or resolution of problem is possible. For example you can find
    whether your neighbour has constructed his house according to sanctioned plans but you cannot do anything through this act if he has not. People should come to the state information commission only for appeal and not straight away – if they do so, their petition will get delayed by 5 days (Act says that government officials have to forward it to the right person within 5 days). If people address it to the wrong person, sometimes it might not go to anyone at all. This culture of
    everything being open is new to government officials and it will take time for them to understand. He said that because this act was designed by activists who have lots of passion but little practical experience, it has it’s limitations. 1000s of employees need to be trained, government officials do not know what to implement for section 4 etc. Any act will take some time to be fully implemented. For example it took about 8 years after passing before  the act was effectively implemented in Britain.  So, people should not lose heart if they are not able to get the information that they need. More information is not necessarily more knowledge. For instance someone wanted to know all the employees who have been provided work under the employment guarantee act in Tamil Nadu. Asking questions is tricky. Not all lawyers can do good cross-examination. About only government officers in the current commission, he said that this homogenity is indeed a problem but that only one snake will know another snake’s legs (a tamil proverb) meaning only ex-government officials can be effective in this commission. He said the
    commission is not part of government machinery at least in the case of Tamil Nadu and that people have to be the monitors of this independence and effectiveness.

    Dr. V. Vasanthi Devi, Former chairperson, Tamilnadu Women’s Commission
    Both Vasanthi and the next speaker Sudha disagreed in the strongest terms of most of      problems that the commissioner said and presented several suggestions to make the      commission’s work more effective. She said that the distance between people
    especially the underprivileged and government is really huge and this act if implemented
    effectively could reduce that. Even the middle class people are afraid to go talk to government
    officials. Why have Public Information Officers not been appointed to all departments? Should it not be the responsibility of the commission? This information about PIOs should be put up on
    websites, panchayat offices. The commission should take the campaign to the people. The     Commission should be a model department. How many people know that 1000 cases have
    come before it? Has the commission levied fines on government officials or punished any official for neglecting to do his job? As an example of how this act is being used, she said someone from Vellore in Tamil Nadu has filed request before the central information commission seeking to make the correspondence between Vajpayee and KR Narayanan during the Gujarat communal riots and the commission is examining whether to give this information or not.

    Ms. Sudha Ramalingam, Advocate and activist of People’s Union for Civil Liberties
    She said that it’s really sad that the commissioner gave almost an identical speech explaining the limitations of government departments about a year ago during a seminar on RTI! This was even before he became the commissioner. Why have no fines been levied on any government official? It’s not like the activists framed the words and it got passed by the parliament. The law ministry and other government officials did play an important role and that they would have known the limitations of governments and would have ensured that what was passed was not impractical Training

    \n

    Nityanand Jayaraman and Venn, organised a training camp on the right to information act and how to make use of it for about 20 people. Some of these people might help out with the clinics that will be organised till the 25th of this month in different places in Chennai. Trainees included members of a Dalit Rights group, a Dalit unorganised workers union, Association for India\’s Development, an anti-corruption group etc.\n

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    CLINIC

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    The traffic today at the clinic was modest. Out of 15 people who came to the clinic, 10 people had applications written. The following were the departments to which RTI applications were drafted.

    \n

    1. TWAD — 1 application

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    2. Insurance/LIC: 2 applications

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    3. Pension: 1 applicaiton

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    4. Tamilnadu Housing Board: 1 applicaiton

    \n

    5. RDO/Revenue Department: 2 application

    \n

    6. Collector: 1 application

    \n

    7. Tamilnadu Electricity Board: 1 application

    \n

    8. Education Department: 1 application

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    The traffic today was low but a 1 page flyer giving information about the campaign and clinic is being distributed to the general public. In addition due to media coverage, we can expect more people to attend the clinic over the next two weeks.\n”,1] ); //–>
    to implement. It’s wrong to give the excuse that it took 8 years in Britain for the act to be implemented properly because now we are in a different time where with the growth of internet, things are happening much more rapidly.

    They co-ordinating team produced an 8 page booklet that clearly explains how to use the RTI Act
    that was given to every one, a 25 page trainers booklet that goes into greater detail about the act,
    has case-studies, sample letters and information on how to train people etc and another booklet
    detailing the list of public information officers, assistant public information officers and appellate
    authority for different public authorities in TN. The last two booklets were given to organisations. These materials should make filing RTI letters really easy and will also help in widely publicizing and training people to use the RTI act.

    Training

    Nityanand Jayaraman and Venn, organised a training camp on the right to information act and how to make use of it for about 20 people. Some of these people might help out with the clinics that will be organised till the 25th of this month in different places in Chennai. Trainees included members of a Dalit Rights group, a Dalit unorganised workers union, Association for India’s Development, an anti-corruption group etc.
    CLINIC

    The traffic today at the clinic was modest. Out of 15 people who came to the clinic, 10 people had applications written. The following were the departments to which RTI applications were drafted.

    1. TWAD — 1 application

    2. Insurance/LIC: 2 applications

    3. Pension: 1 applicaiton

    4. Tamilnadu Housing Board: 1 applicaiton

    5. RDO/Revenue Department: 2 application

    6. Collector: 1 application

    7. Tamilnadu Electricity Board: 1 application

    8. Education Department: 1 application

    The traffic today was low but a 1 page flyer giving information about the campaign and clinic is being distributed to the general public. In addition due to media coverage, we can expect more people to attend the clinic over the next two weeks.

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    ” Thakaval Arium Urimai – Een ? Edarku ? Eppadi ? “. RTI book in TAMIL

    Posted by rtiact2005 on July 11, 2006

    Dear Guru and RTI Activists in Tamilnadu, 
    
    I have published a book on RTI in Tamil during April 2006. 
    
    
    Name of the Book is " Thakaval Arium Urimai - Een ? Edarku ? Eppadi ? ". 
    
    
    The book deals with all details of RTI and PIO's of Andaman Islands ,where I am 
    working in a Govt Dept as Dy Chief Engineer in harbour. 
    
    
    The book is  published through Manimekalai Prasuram, Chennai who claims first in 
    Publishing Book on RTI in Tamil. 
    
    
    If possible kindly use the book in RTI campaign.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    Krishnamoorthi 

    E-mail : tnkdcealhw@gmail.com

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    RTI camp in Mylapore and Adyar – The TN RTI campaign starts on Wednesday, July 12.

    Posted by rtiact2005 on July 10, 2006

    Hi ,

    The TN RTI campaign starts on Wednesday, July 12. In addition to the main camp at Triplicane, we are planning to host 2 parallel camps over this weekend (Jul 15 and 16). We are trying to work with Mylapore/Adyar times to partner with us for these parallel camps ( at Mylapore, Adyar/BesantNagar). We need volunteers who can spend a few hours (in shifts) on these 2 days at these camps. We will train these volunteers on filing RTI applications on Saturday morning. Please contact me at this email id if you are interested in volunteering or if you know someone who will be interested in volunteering.
    Regards,
    Guru

    Date: Jul 9, 2006 10:12 PM
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    Campaign to popularise Right to Information Act – Chennai RTI

    Posted by rtiact2005 on July 9, 2006

    Campaign to popularise Right to Information Act

    Special Correspondent

    http://www.hindu.com/2006/07/09/stories/2006070905460500.htm

    It will be conducted from July 10 to 25

     

     


  • Volunteers will help people fill up application forms meant for seeking information
  • A camp-cum-clinic will be organised in Chennai

     

    CHENNAI: A 15-day, State-wide campaign to popularise the Right to Information Act will be conducted in 20 districts from July 10 to 25.

    The programme will be carried out under the banner of the Tamil Nadu Right to Information Campaign, which comprising 70 non-governmental organisations and labour unions, and public-spirited individuals and is aimed at ensuring more effective implementation of the legislation. Volunteers will explain to the public the significance of the Act and its use. They will also help the people fill up applications for seeking information.

    A camp-cum-clinic will be organised on all days between July 12 and 25, except on Sundays, at Bharatiyar Ninaivu Illam, Triplicane. On select days, between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., information officers from various government departments will be invited to address the public on the steps taken to facilitate access to information.

    Addressing a press conference, T.N. Vallinayagam, retired judge of the Karnataka High Court, said it was not sufficient for the people to know the laws; they should be aware of how to use them.

    The former Chairperson of the Tamil Nadu Women’s Commission, Vasanthi Devi, said the campaign was necessary to make the Government’s functioning transparent and sensitise the people to the Act.

    T. Mohan, advocate, said the law should be more effectively implemented.

    The organisers said the application fees should be reduced from Rs.50 to Rs.10. During the campaign, the need to appoint information officers in all government departments would be highlighted. For more information, contact 9884231382.

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