RTI CAN CHECK CORRUPTION
Guwahati, August 11, 2006
The proper implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) act can
revolutionize the functioning of Government machinery and check
This was the unanimous view expressed by a galaxy of participants in
the Public Information Campaign launched by the Press Information
Bureau (PIB), Govt. of India, as a part of their nation wide campaign
to educate people about various revolutionary measures adopted by the
The participants included Prof M M Ansari, Central Information
Commissioner, Shri L M Singhvi, Director, Central Law Information
Commission, Dr M Afiz A Ahamad, Director Administrative Staff College,
Assam, Shri I. Haque, Joint Secretary, Administrative Reforms &
Training, Assam. The meeting was presided over by Shri T L Barua,
former Home Secretary and former State Election Commissioner.
Initiating the discussion, Shri Ahamad said that RTI Act can check
corruption in the government machinery, while the media and NGO have a
bigger role to play by being the guide of the ordinary people. He also
advocated training by staff colleges to the NGOs in this regard.
Prof Ansari said that the people has got the key to receive Govt.
information. “The RTI has given enormous power to people of India” he
said adding that knowledge and information are the two storehouses of
power and added that the act has made people more responsive towards
Shri Singhvi in his speech said that functioning of a democratic
government must be known by the people to strengthen democratic norms.
Shri Haque in his speech said that earlier people did not have the
right to know the functioning of the government under the Official
Secrets Act. “All over the world 80 countries have implemented the
act,” he said adding that there is no fee for people who live below
Delivering his Presidential speech Shri T L Baruah appreciated the
initiative by Press Information Bureau of making people aware of the
Right to Information and urged upon the ordinary citizens of the
country to take advantage of the act.
Earlier Deputy Director General, PIB Shri B Narzary welcomed the
participants for the meeting.