Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Bureaucratic Insights: DoPT’s online course on RTI receives huge responses

THERE was an unusual rush to register for an online course on Right To Information, or RTI which has gradually become popular among ordinary citizens, and at the same time has forced Indian bureaucrats think twice before making a note on official files. The department of personnel and training (DoPT), began on Monday an online certificate course on RTI on a pilot basis with an intake of 60 candidates. The gaining popularity of RTI can be understood from the fact that as high as 1452 applications were received for this 15-day-long online course to be imparted by the government in association with Hyderabad-based Centre for Good Governance. The online certificate course is aimed at public information officers (PIOs), assistant public information officers (APIOs), appellate authorities, officials assisting the above designated officers or other public officials, citizens, representative of civil society organisations including media among others. The course is likely to bring greater clarity on RTI among designated implementing officials like APIOs, PIOs etc. Read, "What makes this Oxford University scholar spending summer time in India's power corridor" posted on August 29, 2009 FM to inaugurate meet of Customs and Central Excise officials on Tuesday Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the All India annual conference of the chief commissioners & directors general of customs and central excise on Tuesday. The meet is being organized by the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), department of revenue under finance ministry on September 8 and 9, 2009, in New Delhi. The two-day conference will focus on the functioning of the department and the emerging challenges before it. There will be a session on administering the Goods and Service Tax (GST), the present status and the department’s preparedness for its implementation. It’s believed that the conference will act as a catalyst for strengthening the indirect tax administration in addition to providing an opportunity to the Chief Commissioners and Directors General to interact with each other and discuss issues of general and common nature. Netas are bhai bhai; why not blaming the bureaucrats? Chief minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan apologised to Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh for the Rajgarh incident where he suffered head injuries during a baton charge on party workers, according to media reports. Mr Chouhan had a brief meeting with Mr Singh at the Congress leader’s residence on September 3. Reports quoting Congress sources said that Mr Singh felt that there was no chief minister need not hold himself responsible for the incident, as Rajgarh collector Shivanand Dube and Superintendent of Police (SP) Asha Mathur are the real culprits of the incident! Say Singh-Chouhan bhai bhai!


  1. The online course will enable the babus to be familiar with the nuances of this piece of legislation. Meaningful use of the legislation will go a long way to establish a truly democratic structure....


  2. Its a very good initiative which was long overdue.RTI has been a terror for most mainly because ignorance about its various provisions.DOP&T deserves kudos for this.Lets hope to see some educative programmes on RTI among the citizens as well so that malicious use does not defeat the spirit of this noble piece of law.

  3. Why not an institute of IIM's calibre introduce a course like this? There should be massive awareness of the RTI. Blogger's copy on the Oxford scholar is very interesting.

  4. I wish a wider publicity could have been given so that many more could avail the facility. Really a great step in the right direction.... Congrats to all those who made it possible....
    When is the next course planned?

  5. The RTI Act 05 is great headache for corrupt bureaucrats to gu\ive file notings to an applicant. they now stop writing on file but give verbal orders to subordiante officers. long live RTI Act 05.