Friday, October 29, 2010

New logo for transparency law

New logo for transparency law

Published: Thursday, Oct 28, 2010, 20:39 IST 

Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

The Right to Information Act which is synonymous with "empowerment and transparency" will now have its own logo and a dedicated web portal that will not only act as a "knowledge bank" for information seekers and providers but will also provide them a platform to network.

The powerful law, which came into effect five years ago and allows citizens access to government records at a meagre of fee of Rs10, has got a modest logo depicting a sheet of paper with information on it, and the public authority - providing the information.

The new logo was launched today by the minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions Prithviraj Chavan in the presence of secretary department of personal and training Shantanu Consul.

The logo will be displayed at all public authorities and will be used in various communications related to RTI, a statement from the ministry said.

The minister said the logo represents people's empowerment and accountability in governance. "The logo's shape and structure make it easy to remember, recall and replicate with minimal distortion," he said.

Chavan said the logo represents the core values of the RTI regime - empowerment, transparency and accountability.

The minister also launched an RTI portal '' which will be a "knowledge bank" for the information seekers, information providers, trainers, Information Commissions, students and academicians.

The portal will have a digital library, discussion fora, e-newsletter and a blog.

It will also carry latest judgments of high courts and Information Commissions; reports, articles, guides, manuals, handbooks for various stakeholders and online certificate course.

There is facility for stakeholders to interact through dedicated and open discussion forum and register as resource persons, the statement said.


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