Chairman of the Indian Institute of Public Administration, Karnataka Regional Branch, Bangalore, S. Ramanathan, has expressed concern over the attacks and murders of RTI activists across the country, saying that they are paying a heavy price for exposing the mafia.

He was speaking at the inaugural session of a seminar on the Karnataka Guarantee of Services to Citizens Act, 2011 at the JSS Law College here on Saturday.

He lauded the “intrepid” activists and said the crusade must go on. He called upon the youth, particularly law graduates, who had assembled in large numbers, to muster the courage to carry on the struggle against corruption.

Saying that the RTI Act and the guarantee of services to citizens Act were powerful tools in a democratic set-up, Mr. Ramanathan said that corruption and scandals had pervaded every sphere.