Hyderabad hosts national RTI activists’ convention

Hyderabad is hosting a three-day national convention of Right to Information (RTI) activists discussing from 16 – 18 February discussing an array of issues including the impact of the RTI Act on citizens.

Themed ‘Transparency to accountability’, the convention is being organized at APARD premises in Rajendar Nagar by National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI) and United Forum for RTI Campaign (UF-RTI).

Participating activists are discussing three vital issues: usage of the Act by citizens, the role of the government in utilizing and promoting the Act, and the appointment of information commissioners.

Speaking about the Hyderabad convention, NCPRI co-convener and prominent RTI activist Nikhil Dey told the press that they will discuss problems faced by Indian citizens while using the Act.

He said,“Discussions will also be held on the role of information commissioners and whether they are hearing cases and levying penalties,” adding, “we will also conduct social audits and discuss how these can be brought into every sphere of the government.”

The activists will also discuss working of the RTI law and examine the Act on the whole to see if it needs any changes.

“The RTI Act has received immense attention and has come under continuous attack. Our aim should be to promote and protect the Act,” said Dey.

TCN [February 16, 2013] – http://twocircles.net/2013feb16/hyderabad_hosts_national_rti_activists%E2%80%99_convention.html#.U1lZCqK0Tv4