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Rs 2 lakh per year on RTI Act’s publicity!
The Central government should spend the allotted Rs 300 crores to push ‘Right To Information Act’ through Central Information Commission. But unfortunately, so far money has been wasted on useless advertisements for photo-publicity of political rulers
THIS REFERS to the shocking RTI reply from DoPT that the Union government, through DAVP and Prasar Bharti, has spent a meagre sum of Rs two lakhs on publicising Right-to-Information Act in the last three years of implementation of the Act. Undertakings, ministries and departments of governments (both central and state) drain hundreds of crores rupees every year on useless advertisements just for photo-publicity of political rulers.


The Central government should spend the allotted Rs 300 crores to push ‘Right To Information Act’ through Central Information Commission. Otherwise, funds will be misused for photo-publicity of political rulers handling DoPT, the nodal government agency handling RTI Act, which in practice is the biggest hindrance in effective use of the Act, and even disrespects Central Information Commission by not obeying its orders on file-notings? DoPT has never cared to provide sufficient staff to the Commission which is grossly under-staffed now with nine Information Commissioners.


Central Information Commission should be made fully autonomous to even give directions to DoPT for compulsory compliance. Publicity for RTI Act should be entrusted to Central Information Commission for a free flow of available funds without being obstructed by red tape of bureaucracy, at a time when many government officers are allergic and highly uncomfortable with RTI Act, which is aimed at transparency and for an effective check on corruption. The Commission should also be entrusted for monitoring inclusion of RTI Act in school text-books.
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