Before the 10th anniversary of Right to Information law the national public broadcaster Doordarshan has stopped showing its weekly awareness programme on the transparency law — Janne Ka Haq.
The programme had started in January 2006, three months after the RTI Act came into force on October 2, 2005, and had been running continuously since then.
For the first time, the programme has not been shown on DD News for the last two weeks and Doordarshan officials say many programmes running for a long time and having very less traction among audience were being revamped.
An official requesting anonymity said that there was a view within DD that old programmes need to he changed for giving DD a fresh look. “In light of this the programme on RTI has been taken off-air,” the official said. Akshay Rout acting director-general of DD News did not respond to phone calls and text messages.
The Right to Information activists term stopping of the programme as part of the effort to prevent “empowerment” of citizens.
Former central information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi said, “There has been a hardening of attitudes in all the institutions of power against RTI.”