Monday, July 20, 2009
THE government should create RTI (Right To Information) implementation cells headed by senior bureaucrats at the Centre and the states to monitor the status on various issues related to RTI based on inputs from state information commissions or Central information commission and the public authorities, a report by an international consultancy firm said. The report, prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) exclusively for department of personnel and training (DoPT), is based on feedback of over 2000 information seekers and over 200 information providers across public authority (PA) at Centre, state, and local levels in five states, in addition feedback of 5000 citizens with respect to their awareness of the RTI Act. The report further said that there was a need for capacity-building within the public authority and the administrative head may constitute or appoint public authority’s RTI Cell, or PARTI Cell, to proactively address issues pertaining to RTI implementation and develop a roadmap for implementation. For the starters, the Right to Information Act came into force on 12 October 2005 which empowers Indian citizens to seek information from a public authority, thus making the government and its functionaries more accountable and responsible.