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?RTI Act better implementation need of hour?

india Updated: Oct 29, 2006 16:26 IST
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MINISTER Of State for Home and GAD Nagendra Singh has stressed the need for more effective implementation of the provisions of Right to Information (RTI) Act in tune with ground realities.

He said it has to be seen as to what extent the Act could help in removing the lacunae in the administrative procedures. Singh was addressing a workshop organised under the joint auspices of the General Administration Department and the RCVP Naronha Academy of Administration to review the enforcement of the Right to Information Act  in the City on Saturday.

Chief Information Commissioner TN Shrivastava, Academy Director General Mala Shrivastava, Director Madhu Handa, Mayor Sunil Sood and representatives of voluntary organisations, administrative officers attended the workshop.

The enforcement of the RTI has completed one year this month in the State. The workshop focused on implementation of the Act, challenges and future strategies.

State Information Commissioner T N Shrivastava stressed on suitable education and training to the officials and people at panchayat-level for effective implementation of the RTI.

Desired results could be achieved by removing the lack of information about its provisions. Shrivastava also stressed the need for provisions with regard to implementation of the orders passed under the Act.

Additional Secretary, General Administration, Avinash Argal informed that the RTI has been enforced in right earnest during last one year.

Information of 121 public authorities have been provided on the website so far. Addressing the inaugural session of the workshop, Nagendra Singh emphasised the need to bridge the gap between Bhopal and far-off villages with regard to information about right to information and government schemes.

The Minister hoped that the effective implementation of the RTI would make the public representatives and officials more accountable.

He expressed the happiness that the State has been able to make necessary arrangements for enforcement of the Act and said that the shortcomings, if any, would be removed.

The State Government, Singh said, is all for transparency and suggestions from the intelligentsia, voluntary organisations and other sectors would be welcome.

Mala Shrivastava said the workshop would deliberate on ways and means to enhance awareness about the various aspects of enforcement of the Act.

A fresh strategy would be worked out on the basis of suggestions made during the workshop to remove the bottlenecks in implementation of the Act, she added.