The Union Government on 14 May 2013 decided to publicise best practices on implementation of Right to Information (RTI) Act by public authorities all over the country.
For the Publicity purpose, a write ups about the best practices on RTI being adopted by public authorities all over the country, has been invited by the citizens from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), which is a nodal body for the implementation of RTI Act.
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) is on their way to publish a compendium of best practices on the RTI being adopted by a government department or public authority.
As per the DoPT, the best 20 write-ups are supposed to be selected for inclusion in the compendium. The individuals whose write ups are selected for inclusion in the compendium would be rewarded with amount of 25000 each.
Provisions laid by DoPT for the Write ups
• The write up should carry need felt or problem faced by the public authority leading to adoption of such practice, details of the said practice including its scope, financial implications, and deployment of resources such as manpower, infrastructure, etc and lessons learnt by the concerned department during its implementation.
• The neatly typed write-ups should be of about 5000 words and must reach the department before 28 June 2013.
The Centre’s flagship Right to Information Act, which was enacted in 2005, mandates timely response to citizen requests for government information. One has to pay a fee of 10 Rupees for seeking information.
It is important here to note that the DoPT had last in month of April 2013 also started a unique facility of submitting RTI applications and fees online. It has created a portal — www.rtionline.gov.in — which is intended to help people use their right to know through online medium.