Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Hiding facts from the public encourages corruption, said K.K. Dinesan, judge, High Court. "The money that changes hands in corrupt practices is bigger than the country's budget." He was speaking after inaugurating the district-level seminar on the Right to Information Act here on Sunday.

Mr. Dinesan said that democracy and the right to information were complimentary to each other. "Democracy is not just voting rights it also gives one the privilege of demanding one's right, he said. It is the welfare of people that fulfils the sense of democracy, he added.

The Right to Information Act has given a new dimension to democracy and it should be grown as a culture, Mr. Dinesan said. It is a tool for the public to know whether their elected representatives and the officials are truly working for the welfare of the people. Some departments are trying to avoid coming under the purview of the Right to Information Act, said advocate D.B. Binu. Secretary of Gandhi Peace Foundation V.P.G. Marar presided over the function.