Campaign to help people with RTI Act
Posted by rtiact2005 on July 1, 2006
New Delhi, July 1
A 15-day ‘Drive Against Bribe Campaign’ aimed at eliminating the scourge from various government departments and creating awareness about the Right to Information (RTI) Act among the public was launched here today.
More than 700 organisations across the country have come together as part of the campaign during which the public will be advised on how to get their work done in the government without paying bribes.
“Assistance centres would function in 48 cities spread across 16 states in the country from July 1 to 15. 1500 trained volunteers will help people in making and filing RTI applications in these centres,” said Arvind Kejriwal of NGO Parivartan, one of the organisers of the campaign.
The Central Government has also made its own arrangements for the campaign by directing all departments and ministries to make necessary arrangements to deal with the large number of applications, which could be filed during the campaign period, he said.
In the Capital, the assistance centre has been opened near Gate number 1 of Indira Gandhi Stadium at ITO where volunteers will provide assistance to the public in obtaining documents like passports, driving license and various other government certificates without delay.
“The Delhi Government would be deputing officers every day during the campaign to accept applications related to it on the spot so that people do not have to run all around the city to file application,” said a campaign co-ordinator for Delhi.
“The Vigilance Department of Delhi Government would also set up a help desk to educate people on how to file complaints about corruption and how to get corrupt officials trapped red-handed,” he said.
A website, http://www.righttoinformation.org, will also help the public in making their applications, he added.