Annual Right to Information convention begins in New Delhi on Monday

merisarkar news service
New Delhi, October 11, 2009

The fourth Annual Convention on RTI gets underway from tomorrow. The Central Information Commission organises this convention every year. President of India will inaugurate the function.

The Convention will assess the implementation of Right to Information (RTI) Act in the country. It will also deliberate on Proactive Disclosures under RTI and problems and perspectives related with the issue.

The role of media and other means of furthering the cause of right to information act and role of RTI in developing world would also be discussed in this annual even.

Lord Meghnad Desai will deliver the keynote address. Chief Information Commissioner, Wajahat Habibullah, central information commissioners, policy makers, social activists, academicians and NGOs, among others, will take part in this two day long deliberations.

Delegates from some of the SAARC countries will also be participating in the Convention as delegates. The convention is orgainsed at DRDO Bhawan, Raja Ji Marg, New Delhi.

President of India Pratihb Devi Singh Patil
President of India Pratihb Devi Singh Patil


One thought on “Annual Right to Information convention begins in New Delhi on Monday

  1. The Right to Information (RTI) Act, that empowers Indians to obtain any information about government functioning, is slowly shaping up to be ‘reactive’ in nature. People looking for information have to ask questions, and wait for answers. This model has failed several times (wiki answers, yahoo answers). Making information ‘proactively’ available (like wikipedia) to people is the only way I can see this idea get implemented.

    The next question that arises is the level of confidentiality required in government functioning. It is the state’s responsibility to define lines that differentiate public and private information. Any violation here should be well accounted for.

    The final question lies in its implementation. I can see two ways. In the first way, the government has to open up its software development agencies, thereby letting complete participation, transparency and collaboration from others- working more like an open source ‘bazaar’ development model. The second way is a code for america like model, which can operate privately, and be supported by organizations interested in government transparency and delivery. The engineers of India must understand that they are the greatest stakeholders of the act, or we’ll end up witnessing another idea in Indian democracy that made it to the headlines but never took off.

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