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RTI launches own smartphone app

india Updated: Jul 11, 2011 18:43 IST
Serena Menon

To help make the Right to Information (RTI) act even more accessible to citizens, RTI India has now launched a mobile application for Android phones. Available to download for free from the site www.rtiindia.org, the application works as a cross between a social networking site and a RTI encyclopedic help book.

"It basically allows members of the website to access all the information, forums and questions on their mobile phones," says CJ Karira, who moderates the online portal www.rtiindia.org, which in a matter of four-odd years, has gathered over 2.25 lakh members and growing.

SmartphoneThe Android mobile application will allow users to send and receive personal messages and post questions about the RTI act on various forums, apart from other services. For those interested in exercising their rights, for those interested in exercising their rights, it will also catalogue all the information regarding the state and central government rules.

Android, an open source software (does not dictate ownership terms, allows anyone to develop software further), was the first to get the application, as it was free and easy. But soon, RTI applications for iPhones, iPads, iPods, Windows 6.1 and Windows 6.5 will also be available to download online.

"The younger generation needs newer ways to access concepts," says Karira, adding that enquiries on the mobile and online portal can be streamlined by picking one of the two main sections — RTI queries and RTI questions. "For instance, if someone wants to know what the correct format of filing an RTI letter is and in a manner that will not get rejected by the PRO, they can be guided on how to get a speedy response in the RTI question section."

As of now, only a handful of people have downloaded the application, but Karira believes the number will grow when they begin catering to all the other softwares as well. However, Nokia and Blackberry phones will not fall in that category. "With all the applications out, we hope to cover at least 75 per cent of the market," he says.

Right to Information Act 2005 mandates timely response to citizen requests for government information. The RTI portal is meant for quick search of information on the details of the first appellate authorities and PIOs amongst others, besides access to RTI related information or disclosures published on the web by various public authorities under the government of India and state governments.