Extensive RTI awareness program to kick off from Nov. 5


panaji: November 2nd, 2016 …. An Extensive ten days Right to Information (RTI) awareness drive with a multimedia vehicle ‘RTI on Wheels’ accompanied by RTI experts from Gujarat and Goa will kick off from November 5th 2016.

          A joint initiative of Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel (MAGP), The Goa Information Commission and the Goa RTI Forum(GRF) the drive will be held across Goa in rural as well as urban areas  from 5th to 15th November 2016.  

“The empowering Right To Information Act(RTI) is being brought to the doorstep of citizens of Goa through  the RTI on Wheels campaign. I appeal to the government machinery specially the PIO’s, Appellate Authorities etc. to take advantage of the National level RTI experts coming to their localities,” said Chief Information Commissioner Shri. Prashant Tendulkar.

The primary objective of the campaign is to empower citizens by making them aware of the appropriate usage of the powerful Right to Information Act 2005 for a stronger and healthier democracy. The campaign will include outreach programmes on the public places like bus stands, markets, fairs etc.  Various publications on RTI which will help citizens understand the applicability of the act will also be made available to public.  Seminars, workshops and brief RTI orientations will be held for all categories of audience including villagers, women’s groups, school/college students, teachers, workers unions etc. during the ten days awareness drive in Goa. 

Pankti Jog, Executive Secretary, MAGP who hails from Sonal, Sattari said that they have held similar campaigns in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir and the response has been overwhelming. “The focus of the campaign is to make citizens understand how RTI can be used as tool to empower people, and mobilize stakeholders, for individual problem solving, influencing policies and for also advocacy purpose,” she added.

“It is appealed that Goan colleges, institutions, and citizens groups active in various fields to use this opportunity to interact with RTI experts – local as well as the team coming from Gujarat,” said Goa RTI Forum Secretary Ganpat Kurtikar.

MAGP and Goa RTI forum has appealed to social organizations, educational institutions and Government as well as Non government organization to take maximum benefit from this initiative by facilitating the said RTI Awareness programs in their respective areas.

“Those who wish to arrange the RTI awareness program in their respective locality for free of cost or be a part of this initiative as a volunteer you can contact on mobile number  982362879909421585579 or write to us at magpggjarat@gmail.com or secretary@goartiforum.org,” said Kurtikar.

·        Program – RTI Awareness Drive ‘RTI On wheels’ / Consultation on RTI

·        Dates – Inauguration on 5th November, Programs across Goa from 6th to 15th November 2016

·        Contact Details –    Mobile – 982362879909421585579   

·        Email – magpggjarat@gmail.com  or secretary@goartiforum.org