Friday, February 19, 2010

Citizens urged to use RTI effectively

Citizens urged to use RTI effectively

Express News Service

First Published : 18 Feb 2010 11:23:12 AM IST

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Social activist Aruna Roy has reminded the citizens to use their right to inspect government bodies.

"The people must check whether Section 4 of the Right to Information Act functions well. This Section says the government offices must disclose its information on a painted board in front of the offices,'' she said here on Wednesday.

Roy said that periodic review of government schemes must be done to resolve structural bottlenecks. She lauded the social audit on the fallow land cultivation scheme prepared by the NGO People's Action. "It is extremely important to do such social audits, not to blame anyone, but to resolve the problems involved in the implementation of such schemes,'' she said.

Roy refuted the charges against NREGS by saying that the scheme would not result in non-availability of farm labourers. ``The NREGS is offering only a 100-day job. No labourer will require more than 200 days for farming,'' she added.

Finance Minister Thomas Issac, after listening to the findings and recommendations of the social audit report, said there must be a synergy of various governing bodies and the beneficiaries for the success of a new scheme.

He said that such social audits were needed to point out the defects in a scheme. However, he added that the fallow land cultivation scheme was a success as there had been a rise in paddy cultivation in the state.

Issac released the social audit report by giving a copy to Aruna Roy.

The social audit unveiled the flaws in the State Government's prestigious fallow land scheme. The study found that most of the beneficiaries were unaware of the scheme.

Though the majority of the beneficiaries were landless farmers, they were not taken into consideration.

The farmers were paid equal amounts irrespective of the area of land they owned. There was no proper financial audit and the NGO team was not given proper documents from Krishi Bhavans. There has been a delay in supply of seeds and fertilizers, said the audit report.

The report demanded inclusion of beneficiaries in the discussions for implementing the scheme.

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The RTI Act was passed by the Lok Sabha (Lower House) on 11 May 2005, by the Raj Sabha (Upper House) on 12 May 2005 and received Presidential assent on 15 June 2005. Parts of the Act came into force upon Presidential assent, but the Act came fully into force on 12 October 2005, 120 days after Presidential assent.

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