Right to Information – Master key to good governance

CSIR prepares scientists to develop mindset for implementing RTI Act

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 13, 2006

CSIR prepares scientists to develop mindset for implementing RTI Act

For the purpose of providing information, all public authorities have to appoint a PIO, Assistant PIO and Appelate Authority from within their own ranks. The RTI has been instituted to “promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority”.

The training programme, conducted by SC Sen of the Department of Personnel, taught the basics of the RTI Act and sought to remove confusion about the nitty gritty’s. For instance, the fee for applying for information is Rs 10 to be submitted by demand draft. But a DD for Rs 10 involves an extra cost of Rs 25 as commission. To solve this problem, the fee can be submitted as cash or postal order. Said the national coordinator of the training programme, Janardhan Swarup, “All CSIR labs have appointed PIO’s, APIO’s and Appelate Authorities.”

But a lot of issues still remain. Prominent among them is whether public authorities, used as they are to not revealing information, can adjust to the transparency and openness of the RTI Act. Rakesh Tuli, Director of NBRI, feels that they can and must adjust. “The mindset will change. All it requires is some time. In a year’s time the system will be much smoother,” he opined.

What is the kind of information that can be accessed. The Act specifies that “nothing contained in the Act will apply to intelligence and security organisations.” Adds RBS Rathor, PIO of NBRI, “Information pertaining to intellectual property is also exempted.” Which means that NBRI’s patented information will be off limits. Says KC Khulbe, Assistant PIO at ITRC, “It is a very important act, which will empower citizens and make the system transparent.”



2 Responses to “CSIR prepares scientists to develop mindset for implementing RTI Act”

  1. Manoj k. kamra said

    RTI will reveal the actual progress made by CSIR labs in construction sector and probably in other sectors.I have seen scientists hunting for lucrative projects from clients deptts. and submitting reports whatsoever (as nobody is going to check these reports and these reports are needed to call tenders only as the deptts are worried over the quick enclosure from reputed organisation to favour their lucrative projects).

    There has been very poor publishing of papers in international journals and patents achieved can be counted on fingers in construction sector.

    After RTI applications,There is likely to be hot debate over their submitted false reports causing more harm to the country but so far protected in the veil of secrecy or intellectual property rights or third party information.

    Staffwise,several scientists got berth by backdoor entry.Now the papers published by them will reveal their actual level.

  2. Dhirendra Krishna said

    Changing mindset of our official machinery is a matter of scientific research. Not enough has been done, so far to bring about attitudinal changes.

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