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Awareness campaign on RTI Act to cover 31 lakh people by November

Posted by rtiact2005 on January 9, 2007

Awareness campaign on RTI Act to cover 31 lakh people by November

Staff Reporter


Pilot project in Kannur, Palakkad and Kollam districts



  • 8,000 Preraks under State Literacy Mission to be involved in the project
  • Bureaucracy yet to be sensitised to the importance of the Act: Palat Mohandas


    KANNUR: The State Information Commission, in association with the State Literacy Mission, will launch a pilot project to spread awareness of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

    Chief State Information Commissioner Palat Mohandas said here on Monday that 8,000 Preraks under the Literacy Mission would be involved in the project to be launched in Kannur, Palakkad and Kollam districts. They would contact 31 lakh people by November, he said.

    Stating that the campaign mechanism would be made a permanent entity, Mr. Mohandas said the project envisaged involvement of the Preraks as resource persons who would be able to help the people draft applications for information from public authorities. The Commission would also hold periodical sittings in different districts to let the public know more about the Commission’s proceedings.

    The Chief Information Commissioner said that though the State Government had been bound to train officials in the RTI Act in one year after it was enacted, the bureaucracy in the State was yet to be sensitised to the importance of the Act. The public awareness of the Act was also not satisfactory, he observed.

    Terming the Act as people-centred, Mr. Mohandas said the State Syllabus Committee was examining the proposal for including the contents in the Act in the school syllabus.

    State Information Commissioners P. Fasaludheen, V.V. Giri and P.N. Vijayakumar were also present at the press conference.

    The Commission informed the mediapersons that a total 471 applications had been received as on December 31, 2006 seeking information under the Act and 120 of them had been disposed of. As many as 226 applications had come up before the appellate authority of which 126 were pending. Mr. Mohandas said 60 per cent of the applications for information were individual-based.

    He said the Commission would not intervene in administrative matters to get information sought. The Act could be invoked to get information as available with the public authority.

    Officer found guilty

    The Chief Information Commission said that an officer was found guilty under Section 20 of the RTI Act at the sitting here in the morning. The Commission imposed a fine of Rs.3,500 on Public Information Officer of the District Industries Centre in Kozhikode P.K. Narayanan for delaying the provision of information sought by an applicant. He said that two officers had been punished under the Act earlier.

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