UNTIL WE ask the question who will give us information. We have to create a habit of asking questions as it is the key for the success of the right to information (RTI) act. It is not necessary that only government should strive for this. It is our collective responsibility. The success of this right depends on the efforts of organisations like CII, says Prabhat Kumar.
The former cabinet secretary of the Union Government and IC Centre for Governance (New Delhi) president was speaking at the session ‘Right to Information (RTI) Act in improving governance’ organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as a part of its Integrity India Campaign in the City.
Kumar said that the right to know is the most fundamental of all those rights, which are critical for upholding human dignity. “We live in an age of information, in which the free flow of information and ideas determine the pace of development and well being of the people.
The implementation of RTI Act is therefore, an important milestone in building an enlightened and at the same time, a prosperous society.
Therefore, the exercise of the Right to Information cannot be the privilege of only a few. Right to Information Act (India) is the consummation of a process initiated with the adoption of our Constitution. It gives a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic accountable to all citizens.”
He observed that we must also realise that laws, over a period of time, adapt themselves to changing realities as societal perceptions change and most importantly, right to information is not a substitute for good governance, it has to support and aid the process of good governance.
Earlier, welcoming the participants, CII Malwa zonal council chairman Rajendra Prasad said that Integrity India is all about creating a movement for value based leadership in each and every citizen. This campaign is designed towards largely the youth of the country and through them raise a national level awareness, debate and dialogue on the issue of transparency accountability and ethical behaviour in all facets of our national endeavour.
During the session, District Collector Vivek Aggarwal, CII Yi Indore chapter chairman Sandeep Naolekar, co-chairman Anuj Kothari and people from industry, NGOs, academia were also present. CII Madhya Pradesh State Council chairman Sunil Chordia proposed the vote of thanks.