RTI Workshop

Jagran Lakecity University and Press Information Beureu OPERATION OF PUBLIC RECORDS ACT 1993 IS VITAL FOR SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT 2005- DR. MADABHUSHI SRIDHAR, CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSIONER
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"DEMOCRACY CANNOT SURVIVE WITHOUT RIGHT TO INFORMATION"- DR. MADABHUSHI SRIDHAR, CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSIONER

Operation of Public Records Act 1993 is vital for successful implementation of RTI Act 2005. After inaugurating the one day media workhop on "Right to Information: Challenges and Perspective" at Jagran Lakecity University in Bhopal today, Dr. Madabhushi Sridhar, Central Information Commissioner of CIC said that Democracy cannot survive without Right to Information. The real independence to the people comes from the enactment of Right to Information Act, 2005. Indian citizens jubliantly celebrated the enactment of Right to Information legislation by Indian Parliament. He further said that in order to enforce rule of law, records are to be systematically categorised and public records are to be maintained. People should have knowledge of law to live on planet Earth. The Right to information can be flown to citizens through education, media and newspapers. He informed the audience that there are restrictions on rights but there are no legal restriction on liberty of thinking. Public authorities are not the owners of information, but they are only record keepers and disclosure is the rule. Dr. Sridhar expressed concern about missing files hold by public authorities. Implementation of Right to Information legislation is important for empowerment of citizens in the country. Article 14, Article 19 and Article 21 together gaurantees the RTI. The workshop is jointly organised by Press Information Bureau and Jagran Lakecity University, Bhopal.

Dr. Madabhushi Sridhar released the book on "Right to Information" written by Dr. P.J. Sudhakar, Additional Director General, Press Information Bureau, Bhopal. Dr. Sridhar commended the intellectual acumen and academic excellence of Dr. Sudhakar and complimented him for promoting and creating awareness about Right to Information Act through his research and writings. Speaking on the ocassion, Dr. Sudhakar said that All India Radio (Akashwani) and Doordarshan have always been in forefront to spread awareness about Right to Information law. Indian Judiciary and NGOs have contributed immensely through social movements for bringing this act in the ambit of common man's life. Supreme Court has delivered several historical judgements opining the peoples Right to Information. He also said that media has done a commendable job in promoting transparency and accountability in the Government functioning. United Nations Organisations advocated the RTI through International Declaration of Human Rights 1948, International Convenant on Civil and Political Rights, International Convenant on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights and Child Right Convention 1989. Constitution of India gaurantees the Right to Information, Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Press under Article 19 (1) (a).

In his Presidential address, Prof. Anoop Swaroop, Vice-Chancellor, Jagaran Lakecity University said that RTI is extremly important for sucessful functioning of democratic institutions in the country. The society has a right to know about the functions of Government. Mr. Hari Mohan Gupta, Chancellor, Jagaran Lakecity University said that Government officials are trying to avoid the flow of information. Dr. G.A. Gurudath, Director, School of Law welcome the gathering.

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