Pune activists urge citizens to use RTI Act

Sakal Times
Sunday, 17 December 2017

Pune: A session on 'How to use right to information (RTI) in your day-to-day life' was held by Moneylife Foundation, an RTI centre to encourage citizens to avail the facility at the ex-Fergussonian Hall in Fergusson College on Saturday. 

The panelists included Vijay Kumbhar, Founder of Surajya Sangharsh Samiti; Qaneez Sukhrani, member of Nagrik Chetna Manch; Tanmay Kanitkar, President of Parivartan, an NGO; and Vinita Deshmukh, author and Consulting Editor of Moneylife. 

Pune: A session on 'How to use right to information (RTI) in your day-to-day life' was held by Moneylife Foundation, an RTI centre to encourage citizens to avail the facility at the ex-Fergussonian Hall in Fergusson College on Saturday. 

The panelists included Vijay Kumbhar, Founder of Surajya Sangharsh Samiti; Qaneez Sukhrani, member of Nagrik Chetna Manch; Tanmay Kanitkar, President of Parivartan, an NGO; and Vinita Deshmukh, author and Consulting Editor of Moneylife. 

People from across the city attended the session to understand RTI in a better way and how to place it in the right form and channel. 

Kumbhar, giving examples of several issues related to LPG gas to garbage on which RTI queries had been filed, said, “Pune has been a pioneer in filing RTI. People must make use of this facility more as RTI empowers people.” 

Sukhrani said that in the 1990s she had moved the Mumbai High Court to find the information needed. “However, now the mode has become easier and is available online, therefore it is necessary that people use it as much as possible. It can be used to avail information about any government or non-government forum,” she said. 

The activists spoke about section 4 of the RTI Act, which is about voluntary disclosures by public authorities wherein it must publish all relevant facts and disseminate them widely in a manner which is easily accessible to the public. 

Speaking on this, Kanitkar said, “Students must actively check websites of their schools, colleges and university to know that all the required information is available on the website, If not they must seek reasons from the administration as they are liable to do so under section 4. In that case, all public authorities have to provide their particulars of the organisation so that public can access it timely.” 

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