A mandatory monitoring mechanism should be put in place for the implementation of the RTI Act, Vice-President Hamid Ansari has said.
Speaking at the first National RTI Awards — an initiative of the Public Cause Research Foundation with Hindustan Times — on Tuesday, Ansari favoured voluntary inclusion of non-governmental bodies under the Act.
The Act, he said, had made the executive aware of the fact that it was answerable to the people not just once in five years but every time an RTI application was filed. “I am pleasantly surprised by the manner in which the common citizens have used the RTI Act to get justice… Government is now more accountable…”
Akhil Gogoi, a social activist from Assam, was the winner of the Best RTI Citizen category.
Etawah-based education officer Lalit Narayan Mishra, Kangra Superintendent of police Atul Fulzale and S. Rajasekhar, an official from Mehbubnagar in Andhra, were honoured under the Best Public Information Officer category. Arunachal Pradesh’s info panel was chosen the best Information Commission.
A jury of N.R. Narayana Murthy of Infosys, jurist Fali S. Nariman, Justice (ret.) J.S. Verma, former chief election commissioner J.M. Lyngdoh and badminton play P. Gopichand chose the winners.