Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Quality of Information under RTI

An independent study on the basis of sample survey has pointed out that 12% of the women and 26% of men were aware of RTI Act.The study has pointed out that more than 75% of the citizens were dissatisfied with the quality of information provided to them.The Government is imparting training to public information officers, first appellate authorities and other stakeholders. It has issued several memoranda clarifying various provisions of the Act and has published five guides on the Right to Information Act.

A Budget Estimate of Rs. 14.16 crore has been made under the Centrally Sponsored Plan Scheme on Strengthening, Capacity Building and Awareness Generation for effective implementation of the RTI for the year 2009-10. Scheme is being implemented, inter alia, through State Information Commissions, State Administrative Training Institutes and Central Government Agencies. Till 11.12.2009, a sum of about Rs. 3.63 crore has been spent. Financial proposals for utilizing additional funds are under examination/approval.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Shri Prithviraj Chavan in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
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