Lack of awareness about RTI Act: CIC

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Bhopal, Oct 31 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Information Commissioner P P Tiwari today claimed that positive results have come forward whenever information had been obtained through the Right to Information Act.

Mr Tiwari, while addressing a seminar on 'Right to Information: Implementation and possibilities' here today, said a mechanism had been developed to provide information over telephone in Bihar despite adverse situations.

However, he pointed out that there was lack of awareness about the Act. He also mentioned difficulties related to dearth of staff and resources with regards to work.

Mr Tiwari noted that the Right to Information Act had taken the form of a movement over the world. The Act would not only increase accountability of public servants but also bring about transparency in judiciary and executive.

Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission Deputy Secretary Vijay Chandra said people in rural areas had not started to make use of provisions under the Act.

He referred to villagers in Narayani block of Banda district in Uttar Pradesh obtaining information under the Act and development happening in that village within a month.

Mr Chandra stressed on the need for providing training to staff regarding the Act. He noted that government officials had to change their old style of working in secrecy.

UNI

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