Joint committee of civil society & Government functionaries needed to recuperate the ailing RTI : Urvashi Sharma
Ram Prakash | 13 Oct 2011

Most of the orators were of the views that in the last six years RTI had been lost in the wilderness of the corruption and also that there was immediate need to bring RTI back to the place where it should had been.

LUCKNOW BASED Yaishwaryaj Seva Sansthan organised a meeting cum seminar titled “KAHAN SE CHALE AUR KAHAN AA GAYE HUM” to mark the sixth anniversary of Right to information act 2005.

The event organised in Rajajipuram, Lucknow witnessed the proud presence of social activists Babita Singh, Vishnu Dutt Mishra , Badam Singh , Premi Sagar and Ram Autar apart from a large number of local folks. The program anchored by RTI prodigy Aishwarya Sharma was presided over by the noted RTI activist Ram Swaroop Yadav.

“In year 2005, RTI act was thought to be a strong tool to expose corruption but the lacklustre approach towards the act’s implementation in its true spirit by the governments and the information commissions has resulted in blunting this peoples’ tool to such an extent that now this RTI tool has become almost completely defunct in all parts of the nation” said Urvashi Sharma, Secretary of Yaishwaryaj.

“ On the basis of the various views expressed by the eminent gathering at the event , Yaishwaryaj has decided primarily to send memorandums to the President of India , the Prime Minister of India , the Governor of Uttar Pradesh and the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh underlying the need to make separate joint committee of civil society and Government functionaries in four major areas as precipitated in today’s event to ensure compliance of section 4(1)(b) of RTI Act 2005 , ensure transparent & fair selection of information commissioners , ensure timely imposition of penalties on erring PIOs and to ensure timely recovery of penalty imposed on PIOs.

We at Yaishwaryaj believe that if these four key provisions are implemented as per the letter and spirit of RTI Act 2005, it shall surely recuperate the ailing RTI to a reasonable extent in the country. Later on we shall raise all other points as precipitated in the event by taking the mass-movement route” told Urvashi.
Vishnu Dutt Mishra, Treasurer of Yaishwaryaj extended vote of thanks to the august gathering.