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Ministry to plan RTI publicity blitz

Billed one of the most important legislations of post-independent India, the Act came into force from October 12 last.

india Updated: Jun 28, 2006 01:48 IST

The government is working on an elaborate plan to provide publicity to the right to information (RTI) Act with the information and broadcasting ministry asked to formulate a detailed media plan for the purpose.

Billed one of the most important legislations of post-independent India, the Act came into force from October 12 last, and confers citizens with the right to secure information from the government.

"The department of personnel and training (DoPT) is pressing for a revised media plan for publicity of the RTI Act", sources said.

Press Information Bureau (PIB), All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan have been asked to expedite the plan for publicity of the RTI Act, "duly incorporating the consequential changes in expenditure", sources said.

Under the RTI Act, citizens can acquire information from specially constituted information commissions in any form including records, documents, memos, e-mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, and data material held in any electronic form.

Although a dedicated portal -- rti.gov.in -- has been set up, the government is keen that the rights conferred on citizens through the Act need to be disseminated.

Since, online uploading of the documents by various UTs and state governments and departments are not yet complete, the portal presently has a limited reach as only those departments have been listed, whose documents are either uploaded on this portal, or appropriate links have been set to their websites for RTI related information.

The Act covers bodies like central government, the state governments, Panchayati Raj institutions & local bodies, bodies that are established, constituted, owned, controlled or substantially financed by the government including NGOs.