THE Centre has sanctioned a grant of Rs 3.62 lakh for Pune-based Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA) for setting up an RTI helpline. The grant is mainly to buy computer systems, wireless and noise canceling headsets, broadband telephone line, software etc. YASHADA is the administrative training institute of the government of Maharashtra, and it meets the...training needs of government departments and rural and urban non-officials and stakeholders.
A special cell for RTI was established at the Academy way back in 2004, to train public information officers and appellate authorities of Maharashtra for effective implementation of Maharashtra Right to Information Act, 2002. The cell since then has taken up a number of RTI activities both of the state and the national level. This cell has developed as RTI a Centre for Right to Information in 2011. The RTI helpline is expected to be a yet another step towards that direction.
YASHADA was originally the Administrative Staff College (ASC) located in Mumbai. It was later relocated at Pune and then renamed as "Maharashtra Institute of Development Administration" (MIDA). MIDA, constituted as an autonomous society under the Societies Registrations Act, 1860, was to serve as the apex body for promoting and developing modern management practices and was to function as the nodal state level training institute in the field of development administration, according to its description in the official YASHADA website. In 1990, MIDA was rechristened as “Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration" (YASHADA) as a tribute to former Maharashtra CM YB Chavan.
An IAS coaching centre being set up under the YASHADA provides guidance and coaching to candidates belonging to weaker section of the society from Maharashtra.