Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Section 4 drive by Loksatta Sanjeevani in Andhra Pradesh

To mark the 5th anniversary of the enactment of the RTI Act, the Sanjeevani team has filed an unprecedented 500 RTI applications. Significantly, all 500 applications target a single section of the RTI Act - Section 4(1)(b). The provisions of Section 4(1)(b) are key to transparency in the system - they help remove obscurity and the accompanying corruption and ultimately, empower citizens to make officials accountable. These applications have been filed with all state and secretariat heads of departments of the Andhra Pradesh Government and some Nalgonda, Rangareddy and Hyderabad district offices. Staring September 25, 13 Sanjeevani activists spent several weeks filling and posting applications, analyzing and documenting responses, preparing and filing complaints with the Information Commissioner.

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