One-Day National Seminar & Workshop on Right to Information: Tool for Social Development

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At the International level, Right to Information and its aspects find articulation as a human right in most important basic human rights documents, namely, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. At regional levels, there are numerous other human rights documents, which include this fundamental right for example, the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the American Convention on Human Rights, the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, etc. The Commonwealth has also formulated principles on freedom of information. Thus, taking a cue from International Conventions and Covenants and in line with the principles that are enshrined in the Indian Constitution, the Parliament enacted Right to Information Act in the year 2005 to provide the masses with an effective tool to keep a check on governmental policies, functions and its implementation via public offices with an aim of ending corruption which has deeply affected the beaurcratic process for so long and also to eradicate the existing apathy of public officers towards the concerns of public. The Act personifies the principle of a State being accountable to its subjects which lies at the heart of a democratic government.

During the period of the implementation of the RTI Act i.e. October 2005 onwards, it has become evident that there are many anticipated a well as unintended consequences of the Act. These have manifested themselves in various forms, while some of the issues pertain to procedural aspects of the Government; others pertain to capacity building, and so on. The most important aspect to be recognized is that there are issues to be addressed at various ends for effective implementation of the Act.

The objective of the One-day Seminar and Workshop is to focus on RTI regulatory mechanism, RTI advocacy, its importance linked with good governance and uses/misuses of RTI. It aims at training the students and getting them acquainted with the tool of RTI as a means of Human Rights Activism.

The workshop is aimed for the betterment of students of the university in general and will act as a practical guide for their future endeavors in the emerging arena RTI activism.

To make people feel that they are an integral part of the Government system or governance, the Indian democracy through the Right to Information Act, 2005, has made governance citizen-centric or people-participative. Since transparency and accountability enhance the trust of the people in the functioning of the Government, the RTI Act ensures this happens effectively.

Sub-themes for discussion:

  • Constitutional Perspective of Right to Information.
  • RTI and Good Governance.
  • Right to Information Act as an anti- corruption tool.
  • Role of Right to Information Act in promoting Accountability and Transparency in Public sector undertaking
  • Right to Information Act and role of the NGOs&Whistle Blowers.
  • Competent authority and RTI

CONTACT DETAILS:

For More Information Please Contact:

Mr. Koushik Bagchi
Director

Centre for Legal Aid Programme
National University of Study and Research in Law
Ranchi

(M): +91- 9431788639

 

Mr. Aman Srivastava
Student Convenor

Centre for Legal Aid Programme
National University of Study and Research in Law
Ranchi

(M): +91-8084010988; +91-7257073199