A round-table conference on the ‘Right to Information Act (RTIA), its success, problems and solutions’ here on Friday praised youth, intellectuals and social workers for securing information from various government departments for the benefit of the people, despite the Centre and the State failing to create adequate awareness programmes.
Speakers at the conference, organised to mark completion of seven years of RTIA, expressed disappointment over the refusal of some government agencies to entertain RTI applications, supplying of incomplete information, that too in other languages, and direct/indirect threats to the RTI applicants/activists.
The speakers called upon officials enforcing the Act to conduct training programmes for government employees at various levels. The conference resolved to demand implementation of Section 4 (1) of RTIA in every government office, by sending the resolutions to the State Commission and the district officials.
The speakers included Y. Shivraj, president, United Forum of RITA, Bhimarjun Reddy, president, Jana Vignana Vedika, and RTI activists C. Krishna, Kalpana, Venkataramana, Ravikumar, B. Venkanna, Mallesh, Purshotham, Subash, Mahender.