Speaking at the 3rd Annual Convention on Right to Information (RTI) yesterday, for which the theme was 'RTI and its Ramifications for Good Governance,' Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the operationalisation of RTI shows a gradual but steady process of building a more accountable, transparent and citizen friendly governance. RTI Act is indicative of the process of maturing of our democracy and the assertion of people's power at various levels of governance. The Prime Minister further added that even as one celebrates individual empowerment through legislations like the Right to Information Act, one should not forget one's collective responsibilities and our national goals.
Minister of State, Prithiraj Chauhan in his remarks said that RTI is an enabling tool for citizens. To make information under RTI available on phone, a pilot project on call center for RTI on phone has been approved, the Minister added.
The Central Information Commission has been organizing the Annual Convention every year since 2006. The Right to Information Act, 2005 creates many obligations on the State and the Central Government authorities for its implementation and sound monitoring.
The convention will have seven technical sessions covering major aspects of governance. The present convention is being attended by representatives of Civil Society and media both from within the country and from SAARC countries. The two day deliberations are expected to produce documents of contemporary as well as long term relevance to South Asia.
The various sessions are assigned to the issues like : “RTI and Transparent Governance”,”RTI