Right to Information – Master key to good governance

RTI Portal – How IT empowers people – Right to Information Act, 2005 mandates information on demand to the citizens of India

Posted by rtiact2005 on June 14, 2006


RTI Portal –  http://rti.gov.in
NIC created the RTI Portal – http://rti.gov.in ,  in an attempt to provide a portal gateway for the citizens to search for information published by various government departments on their websites.

The portal is meant to be a central repository of information where citizens can access information of any government organization through a user-friendly search engine. This is expected to ensure a proactive and fast flow of information.
As of now, the portal is not yet full-fledged. On-line uploading of the documents by various central / state governments/departments are in progress. The government organisations have to contact NIC for a user ID to upload information on to the portal. It was at the behest of the Ministry of Personnel that NIC initiated the ICT support for RTI Act.

The support from NIC included:
• Setting up of a specialized website ( http://rti.gov.in ) for proactive disclosure of documents of various public authorities under central & state governments.
• Development of portal service for uploading of the documents by the concerned public authorities
• Directory service of public authorities, public information officers, appellate authorities, chief information commissions etc.
• User friendly search engines
• Workflow application for monitoring of status of requests, appeals, complaints etc.
• Repository of the requests that have already been answered in a way that is searchable by the citizens. (Source: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/article/view/125253/1/1088)

NIC has completed the creation of RTI website. Over 300 departments have uploaded their documents. A repository of public information officers of various departments has also been built, to help the citizens to approach them for request for information. However, a lot more effort has to be put in for the portal to be a well-equipped central repository of information.

The National eGovernance Plan (NeGP) has planned over 100,000 common service centres to serve the citizens. Citizens can avail all central and state e-governance services as well as digitized government information on the Internet. The citizen information centers in several states also serve the information needs of the citizens.

This is just the beginning. For the law to be truly effective and ICT to be used extensively to enable the law, there should be an active participation from the community at large, including government, bureaucracy, NGOs, media, lawyer community and citizens.


How IT empowers people
ICT can help in awareness creation as well as ensure the speedy delivery of the information sought by citizens, says Kavitha Alexis
Thursday, June 01, 2006

Right to Information Act, 2005 mandates information on demand to the citizens of India.. The extensive use of the Right to Information Act by the citizens is imperative for the success of the Act which could bring in a positive change in the current democratic set up of the country.

However, in the present scenario, effective implementation of the Act has a major impediment in the form of lack of awareness among officials and citizens. Unless both the segments are sensitized enough about the Act, it will just remain in the papers.

The efforts on this front from government, media, NGOs and lawyers can be boosted by the effective deployment of Information Communication Technlogy (ICT) tools. ICT can help in awareness creation as well as ensure the speedy delivery of the information sought by citizens.

The chapter II – 4 (1-a) of RTI Act specifies the need to computerize department records and the use of internet to disseminate information to the people. “Every public authority shall maintain all its records duly catalogued and indexed in a manner and the form which facilitates the right to information under this Act and ensure that all records that are appropriate to be computerised are, within a reasonable time and subject to availability of resources, computerised and connected through a network all over the country on different systems so that access to such records is facilitated”.

ICT as an enabler
This is the age of Internet, where any information is available on our fingertips. So, it becomes all the more important that we use ICT to exercise our information rights, which can bring about a positive change in our lives and our governance systems. A proper information management system in the government departments is required to strengthen the information flow.

ICT can be used to:
· Digitise and document all the manual records and archives
· Create a content repository to store all the records (Eg: Web Portal)
· Create information kiosks for citizens to access the stored information

Based on this, the central and state government departments are working towards digitizing all records and publishing relevant information of each department on their respective websites.

Yet another major initiative on this front is the RTI Portal initiated by National Informatics Centre.


2 Responses to “RTI Portal – How IT empowers people – Right to Information Act, 2005 mandates information on demand to the citizens of India”

  1. ravisuvarna said

    K. Gopal Rao Says:

    Sub:Police Inaction in the case of house grabbing by Deepak Niranjanath Pandit
    Superitendant of Customs,Air Cargo Complex,Mumbai,brother of producer/Director Ashok Pandith by misusing official power /and connection at high places

    We, Mr&Mrs.K.Gopal Rao aged 75 years and 65 years are the Legal owners of flat no 803 Brookhill Tower,Andheri(w),Mumbai.Mr and Mrs. Deepak Pandit are known to us through Ravi Suvarna who is also Superirendant of Customs ,
    approached to us for temperory shelter for a period of 2-3 months,since in the society in which they stay do not have lift and Mrs Arushi D.Pandit was undergoing a major heart surgery in Leela Hospital and need one bedroom in our flat.Hence,we allowed Mr. Deepak Pandit to stay in our flat with his wife and son(One son is away in angalore),by providing one bed room and allowed them to use common hall and kitchen
    on humanitarian and medical ground with out charging a single rupee.

    In Sept 2007, we visited our native place in Karnataka,and locked other 3 bedrooms apart from which has been used byDeepak Pandit and his wife Arushi Pandit by showing blind faith
    and trust and handed over the keys of main entrance.When we came back from our native place,we found our other two bed rooms locks were broken and the bedrooms have been used
    by Mr.Deepak Pandit and Mrs.Arushi D. Pandit.When we asked about this mischief,Mr Deepak Pandit very rudely replied that we people should vacate the flat along with our belongings.We were
    shocked and surprised after this incident.
    Then we immediatly contacted Ravi Suvarna and Ravi Suvarna contacted Deepak Pandit about vacating the flat.He bluntlydenied to vacate the flat and also threatened with dire consequences and that his brother Mr Ashok Pandit is a very influential political person,and Deepak pandit himself is a Custom Officer and by virtue of his position/post he will grab our flat.
    Further we approached to one/two reputed persons in the society and narrated the things which have been going on and requested them to mediate the dispute.He refused to meet the
    persons and asked us to pay Rs 10 lakh otherwise he will not vacate the flat .At the same time he mentioned that we will see how he will grab our flat.

    Recently we have come to know that other than his house in
    Juhu (no 214)juhu Shantivan co-operative Housing Society,bldg
    no 13,gulmohar cross road no 6,Andheri(w),he has got one house
    at Takur Complex, kandivili(E),and one at Andheri(E). He has rented
    out all these houses and took shelter at our place on sympathetic/humanitarian grounds.

    We have approached the oshiwara police and lodged written complaints dtd 4/10/07 and 28/02/08 but to no avail.Police have threatened to arrest our grand daughter if she doesn’t vacate the house and she was forced to leave the house at 0400 AM on 05/10/07(By SI Gaikwad,Kadam on the instruction of the PI Sonawane of Oshiwada Police Station).As we are old
    aged and can not run from pillar to post,I kindly request yourgoodselves to Publish this issue on your Paper because this kind of acts by people by misusing the legal provisions to their advantage and grabbing only shelter of senior citizens by taking the help of police and security staffof the building.This is nothing but breach of trust and they know that if it goes to court it will take years together.These kind of issues should be debated and people should be educated about this kind of offences/crimes(misuse of legal provisions) which were probably made to safeguard poor tenants

    We kindly request your goodselves to take up the matter so that people will get educated about such kind of abuse of legal provisions and also wrong people who misuse the provisions of law to their advantage which were made to safeguard the weeker sections by using official power and connection at high places.As we are old aged and can not run from pillar to post,We kindly request you to publish in your paper after investigating the case and being convinced as an issue(House grabbing).He has made an extra(double) door in our absence and now he is not allowing us to enter the house with the help of Oshiwada police.If a public servant can behave like a goon and grab only house of senior citizens then we are in the same age old tradition of slavery.(We are ready to produce any kind od evidence reg the fact that he is forcefully/illegally stying in our house).He has not got any papers/reciepts

    Yours sincerely,

    Mr.&Mrs. K.Gopal Rao.
    76/41,14th cross,PadmanabhaNagar,
    Cell No 09343952727
    So many people have suffered or lost their houses due to this kind of planned tactics(Khabja). If you publish the article/News,it will definately help people who go to help people innocently and get trapped.I hope there should be amendments in the legal provisions to safeguard genuine cases.As the legal process takes years together and culprits enjoy the possession merrily.Here the system(Law and order/police and legal system has also to be blamed).If things like this continues people will lose humanity and stop helping even in genuine cases.Please help us atleast in educating(legalities) people about this Khabja

  2. Mac said

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