Right to Information – Master key to good governance

Plumbing depths

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 14, 2006

Plumbing depths

Posted online: Friday, July 14, 2006 at 0000 hours IST  



It isn’t only the central and state governments who are running scared of the Right to Information Act, 2005, with an increasing number of citizens seeking information earlier kept under a veil of secrecy by public authorities. Even our high commissions abroad are getting a taste of this citizen-empowering law.

Take our mission in London, which recently had to dive into the basement of India House, their mansion-like precincts, in search of an elusive file. The need arose after a gentleman filed an application under the RTI Act, seeking to know why the request for a document he had sought from the mission some four-five years before had been rejected. Upon which, a staffer was charged with the work of hunting out the file. For nearly a fortnight, the employee sifted through dusty files for several hours every day in the basement, before it was finally located. Diplomacy, clearly, is going beyond carefully chosen words, wine evenings and courtesy calls.

Catch the scribe!

PR guys in the IT and telecom sectors are having a tough time in Delhi. With the boom in these sectors, often four-five press conferences fall on the same day. Often, the same journalists are covering both sectors, resulting in a dearth of media at these press meets. So, PR professionals have now started accompanying journalists to other press meets, to keep track of them.

For instance, three IT meets happened on Thursday. Oracle PR arrived at each, to ferry journos, in a chauffeur-driven car, to their event. Some days earlier, at a Reliance press meet, HP guys hung around. With dollars pouring in and new BPOs popping every week, it’s a daily affair.


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