Right to Information Act
Awareness Generation on RTI
Some study reports have brought out that awareness about the Right to Information Act, particularly in rural areas, is low. A sum of Rs. 17.90 crore was spent on a plan scheme on Right to Information during 2008-09 and 2009-10 of which about Rs. 6.10 crore was spent on awareness generation. An amount of Rs. 0.77 crore has been spent on awareness generation during 2010-11.
Government has taken following steps to create awareness about the Right to Information Act; (i) launch of awareness generation campaigns through radio, television and print media; (ii) display of posters in Hindi and six regional languages in rural areas; (iii) publication of five Guides on the Act; (iv) providing funds to the State Information Commissions and the State Administrative Training Institutes for awareness generation; (v) launch of logo on RTI; (vi) launch of a portal on RTI etc.
This was stated by Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. Shri V. Narayanasamy in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.