Sunday, June 06, 2010

First RTI library in Pune, a tribute to Prakash Kardaley

The process to set up a Right to Information (RTI) library, the first in Pune and probably the first in the country, kicked off on Monday with the Pune Municipal Corporation inviting tenders for the contract. Revealing this, civic body Standing Committee chairman Nilesh Nikam, also unveiled his plan to name the library after one of the pioneers of the RTI movement, Prakash Kardaley, the former resident editor of The Indian Express, Pune edition. Nikam on Monday said he would place a proposal to name the library after Kardaley, who had championed for RTI even before the Act had come into existence.

“He was a pioneer of the Right to Information movement in Pune. Naming the library after him will be a tribute to him,” Nikam said. The PMC has made a provision of Rs 25 lakh to set up the library on the third floor of the PMC headquarters. Some officials felt the cost of setting up the library would come around Rs 10 lakh. The library will house the latest resolutions passed by the civic general body meetings and standing committee meetings besides all administrative decisions and proposals.

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