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NGOs’ campaign: rights & bribes

Posted by rtiact2005 on June 30, 2006

NGOs’ campaign: rights & bribes

Ahemdabad, June 29: THE name may be misleading, but the ‘Anti-bribery campaign’ — to be launched by a collective of over 70 organisations here on Saturday — has its focus on the ‘right’ place. The campaign will provide information on the Right to Information (RTI) Act to ‘‘so that the common man knows where to get information and how, instead of doling out bribes to get work done,’’ says Jagdeep Chokher. Chokher is the convener of the Mahiti Adhikar Pahel, an umbrella organisation of more than 70 NGOs in State and an Association of Democratic Reform (ADR) member.

Conceptualised by Delhi-based NGO Parivartan, the nationwide campaign will be launched in 48 cities, he says. ‘‘In Ahmedabad, more than 150 volunteers will provide RTI-related information at Kochrab Ashram in Paldi, from Saturday onwards. They will provide information on particulars like, filling up forms, applying for information and framing of questions from 11 am to 7 pm till July 15,’’ says Chokher. The volunteers are grassroots activists from across the State, including students and lawyers. They have undergone a training session, he adds.

‘‘What is positive about this Act is that it is not only time-bound but also fine-bound. For the first time ever, the onus for providing information has been specifically laid on government employees,’’ said Chokher.

‘‘We would like government officials to help us spread awareness and receive the applications that we help fill up. This would help the cause tremendously,’’ said Rahul Mangaonkar, an activist.


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