Saturday, June 19, 2010

City based techie uses RTI Act to bring about

The RTI Act is a revolutionary weapon in the hands of public and if used the right way, it can bring about a change in the society. Vivek Deveshwar, a city based software consultant is doing his bit to popularize the Act among citizens in Bangalore. Only about 10 per cent of India's 1.2 billion population is said to be aware of the Right to Information (RTI) Act which grants citizens the right to access government documents. Nevertheless, its power and potential is unmatched. For a small fee, any Indian, can step up to the government agency and take his or her shot. Vivek Deveshwar an RTI activist is doing his bit in Bangalore to popularize the RTI act. Vivek, who is a software consultant, became an RTI activist about a year ago and ever since he's filed 20 Right to Information (RTI) applications and is now trying to spread awareness in his neighborhood. "The RTI act is a harbinger of change. We can make a difference if we know how to use it. People often complain about the lack of action by government and local bodies but I realized that if we don't take matters in hand, nothing will come out of it. So I started conducting RTI classes in my neighborhood on weekend and so far nearly 10-15 people have benefited from it,"

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