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1,366 in Gujarat seek information under RTI Act

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 15, 2006

1,366 in Gujarat seek information under RTI Act

Friday, July 14th, 2006



Ahmedabad – As many as 1,366 people in Gujarat have in the last fortnight sought information from various government departments under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, activists said here Friday.

As part of a campaign to promote the use of the RTI Act to fight bribery in government offices, rights activists had put up a camp at the Kochrab Ashram here to help victims of corruption.

‘Of the 1,366 applications forwarded from the camp, about 40 percent were from those who had been asked to pay bribes to get their work done,’ Harinesh Pandya, the coordinator of the campaign, told reporters here.

The organisers said even government employees were using the law extensively.

‘About 60 percent of the applications were by government servants, mostly retired employees awaiting pension,’ said activist Rahul Mangaonkar.

Satisfied with the response of the campaign, the organisers are now planning to take the campaign to other cities.

‘We are ready to hold such camps in other cities too. Demands from Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot and Surendranagar are already pouring in,’ said Pandya.

‘We want local cadre to grow in these cities, therefore, only if some volunteers from these cities call us will we go and help them,’ he said.

A crucial law for the promotion of transparency and accountability from the government, the RTI Act of 2005 allows citizens to demand information (in the form of records, documents, samples, orders etc) from the government regarding any department or office.

The provision of a penalty clause also reduces the chances of denial of granting information or giving incomplete information on part of government officials.

However, central intelligence and security agencies are exempted from the purview of this law.


3 Responses to “1,366 in Gujarat seek information under RTI Act”

  1. palak said

    plz show hiw an individual help under rti

  2. Amarsinh Chavda said

    I had appiled undar RTI to GSPC but got wrong answer and once again contect to SIC but got same reply

  3. Sreekumar Pillai said

    I have been covered under Staff mediclaim scheme of M/s.Universal Sompo General Insurance Ltd. But my claim for “dog bite treatment has been rejected by them citing reason that I had taken OPD treatment. Is it necessary for a dog bite patient get admitted in the hospital for mediclaim? Kindly advise. Incidently, I read a court order in a blog that Anti-rabbies treatment can be allowed for mediclaim, without hospitalization. Can you help me to get a concrete evidence to support my claim. I humbly reqeust your help in the matter.

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