Friday, December 16, 2011

Government announces RTI fellowships worth Rs 2.5 lakh each; NGO activists, journalists eligible

THE government has announced four fellowships worth Rs 2.5 lakh each for researchers, media professionals, civil society members and RTI trainers to undertake field-based researches on any theme on Right to Information Act. The research output is expected to enhance understanding of the status of the implementation of the act, including its successes, constraints etc.
Who can Apply
The fellowship is open to professionals in the age group 25 to 40 from the field of journalism (newspaper/ magazine/ radio/ TV), civil society and research and training in the field of RTI. The applicant should have proven credentials in his or her professional areas, have some prior experience of work relating to the Right to Information and should have an aptitude for research.
a) Each selected fellow will receive a stipend of Rs 2 lakhs (subject to tax deduction at source).
b) The fellowship will be disbursed on a monthly basis (Rs 50,000 per month). In addition, a grant of Rs 50,000 for books, research material, travel, printing, production of creatives etc. will be provided.
c) Final payment of Rs 50,000 will be made on the submission of the final output deliverable and its acceptance by the expert group.
For details, check the DoPT GUIDELINE
Action and Appointments
a) AB Mathur, a 1975 batch Manipur-Tripura cadre IPS and special secretary in cabinet secretariat has been appointed as secretary (security) in the cabinet secretariat in place of Pranay Sahay, a 1975 batch MP cadre IPS.

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