Saturday, June 28, 2008

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams gears up to enforce RTI Act

TTD gears up to implement Right to Information Act

Special Correspondent

To publish 17 manuals on the working of its core departments

  • TTD Executive Officer briefs senior officials on modalities of Act
  • Process can serve as an internal mechanism for constant evaluation
  • Chief Information Officer to gather inputs from various departments

    SOME SERIOUS TALK: TTD Executive Officer A.P.V.N. Sarma closeted with Heads of Department in Tirupati on Monday for discussion on implementation of Right to Information Act in the TTD

    TIRUPATI: Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) will be publishing 17 manuals on the working of its core departments to provide the necessary inputs to the public as and when required under the Right to Information Act.

    At a meeting held here on Monday by TTD Executive Officer, A.P.V.N. Sarma with senior officials and heads of its various departments, the modalities for effective implementation of the Act were discussed in detail.

    Preparing its key personnel and the HoDs for the implementation of the Information Act, Mr. Sarma explained to them broadly its salient features and asked them the keep themselves abreast of all the developments that take place in the various departments from time to time. They in turn could pass on the same as and when required by the public.

    Mr. Sarma felt that the process could serve as an internal mechanism for constant evaluation of the working of various departments and would eventually improve their accountability. He asked TTD Chief Information Officer Anitha Shaw Akella to gather the inputs from the departments and bring out the manuals soon.


    Ms. Anitha earlier made a power-point presentation on the work already underway in this regard. Among the officials present were Joint Executive Officer N. Muktheswara Rao and Special Officer (Tirumala) A.V. Dharma Reddy.

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  • Call to create awareness of the RTI: THE HINDU

    Call to create awareness of the Right to Information Act

    Special Correspondent

    Transparent society has better prospects of good governance: Aruna Roy

  • Government, NGOs should furnish details of funds
  • File notings of officials should be made public

    CHENNAI: Speakers at the inaugural session of the "Consultation on making the right to information a reality — role of government, media and civil society" on Saturday stressed the importance of the right to information in ensuring good governance.

    Aruna Roy, Magsaysay Award winner and leader of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, Rajasthan, said a society willing to be transparent had better prospects of good governance. As arbitrary use of power led to corruption, transparency in governance was extremely important for democracy and the rule of law, though it was a tough task to accomplish.

    Transparent approach

    Not only the Government but non-Governmental organisations also should adopt a transparent approach, more particularly with regard to furnishing details such as the source of their funds and spending.

    Ms. Roy underscored the need for making public the file notings of officials. Though opinion on the issue was divided, she was of the view that honest officials would benefit if this system was adopted. Implementation of the suo motu part of the Right to Information (RTI) Act under Section 4 was important, she said and added that till the Central law was put in place, the State law should continue.

    She called for creating awareness among the people by distributing copies of the Act and organising workshops on how to use the law.

    Social audit

    On the implementation of the Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Ms. Roy said social audit at the panchayat level would prevent corrupt practices.

    Inaugurating the consultation, N. Narayanan, Chief Secretary, said as the RTI Act would become operational by October 12, the process of its implementation had been set in motion.

    Initial meetings with Secretaries and heads of various departments were held, and the results of the efforts to frame rules and other related work would be made known shortly.

    "No major problems"

    Though the lower levels of the bureaucracy might find it irksome at the transition stage and there might be knee-jerk reactions, at some point or the other, there would be no major problem in the implementation of the RTI Act.

    The Government, civil society and the media should work in greater coordination to reinforce democratic traditions and good governance through the implementation of the RTI Act.

    A good information system would ensure the effective implementation of various welfare and social security schemes, Mr. Narayanan said.

    Sriram Panchu, founder trustee, Citizen consumer and civic Action Group, (CAG) said the RTI Act should be applicable to the private sector too.

    The NGOs should play an important role in helping the citizen to raise the right questions to get the right information.

    A.K. Venkat Subramanian, trustee, Catalyst Trust, stressed the need for making the right to information a reality.

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  • Co-operative Society come under RTI Act: HC

    Co-operatives come under RTI Act: HC

    DH News Service, Bangalore: The High Court on Tuesday observed that “The state still relies on the English language even 40 years after the reorganisation of the state and after 35 years of implementation of the Official Language Act.”

    The Court made this observation while hearing a petition by Kannika Parameshwari Co-operative Society, Hassan.

    The Society had appealed against the State Government’s decision to bring them under Right To Information Act.

    Supporting evidence

    In support of their claim, the petitioners had cited a reported statement by the National Federation of Co-Operative Societies that they do not come under Right To Information Act.

    During the hearing, the court found that the department had stated that the Karnataka Co-operative Society Act, 1959 and Karnataka Sahakari Act were covered under Right To Information Act Justice N Kumar who looked into the matter came down heavily. against the authorities.

    He said “It is irresponsible by the officials. Obviously there is no application of mind, while issuing the notification”


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