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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


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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