Right to Information – Master key to good governance

Goa Consumer Network joins ‘drive against bribe’

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 3, 2006



PANJIM, JULY 2 – Goa Civic and Consumer Action Network (GOACAN) has joined the ‘drive against bribe’ using the Right to Information Act 2005 (RTI) as part of the national campaign launched on July 1.
The ‘drive against bribe’ campaign is a massive nationwide awareness-cum-assistance programme that has taken off in 45 cities spread across 15 States to promote the use of RTI as a tool to curb demands for bribes in lieu of pending works in Government departments.
It may be recalled that the RTI Act was passed in Parliament on  October 12, 2005 as a Central Act applicable to all State and Central Government departments and mon-Governmental bodies which are substantially financed by the Government.
For Goa the rules under this Act were gazetted on February 15, 2006 and various departments have in the recent months finalised their Public Information Officers (PIOs) and Assistant Public Information Officers (APIOs) besides preparing their respective information manuals. More recently, the State Information Commission has also been constituted and has started functioning from its office in Panjim.
GOACAN has completed training sessions with Consumer Forum volunteers who will undertake the campaign in their respective villages over a period of 45 days ending August 15. In the first phase,  the campaign will primarily focus on essential commodities which come under the purview of the Department of Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and will cover kerosene dealers, ration shops, and LPG distributors in various villages as their services impact every family in Goa.
In the second phase, Consumer Forum volunteers will cover the offices of the talathis in their respective villages with a focus on pending applications for income certificates, ration cards, residential certificates and other documents urgently required by citizens and wherein a delay may result in payment of bribes. Consumer Forum volunteers in their respective villages will offer guidance to citizens to draft RTI applications.
Meanwhile, GOACAN will also conduct awareness programmes in various cities as part of the campaign.


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