RTI awareness low, says Govt
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 21:29
New Delhi: Steps are being taken to increase awareness among people about the Right to Information Act as only 33 per cent of the urban population knew about the legislation, Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office, Prithviraj Chavan told the Lok Sabha today.

"Government had instituted a study in 2009 which found that awareness level about the RTI Act is low. Only 33 per cent of people in urban areas were aware of the Act till 2008-09," he said during Question Hour.

He said the government was taking steps to increase awareness among the people through radio, television and other media.

More number of Assistant Public Information Officers were being appointed, including in post offices, for better accessibility to RTI, he said.

On the recent reports of killing of RTI activists, Chavan said the Centre had written to chief ministers to provide protection to activists whenever they sought it.

He informed the House that the government was working on further strengthening the RTI Act and also introducing a Whistleblower Act.

The minister said government was also working on "expanding the scope of the Act."

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 21:29

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