||Instituted in the year 2009 by Public Cause Research Foundation, RTI Awards seek to honor those people who kept the flag of RTI flying high. The award felicitates key players who have worked closely with each other to make the Act a great success. A total of six awards are given in four categories – Best Information Commissioner, Best Pubic Information Officer (PIO), Best RTI Citizen, and Best RTI Journalist.
In the Best RTI Citizen category, any Indian citizen, who has filed one or more RTI applications and feels that their application has created substantial public impact, is eligible to apply. A person can either nominate himself or recommend somebody else for the Awards. Two awards would be given in this category. For more details, log onto www.rtiawards.org.
In the Best PIO Category, any government officer who has worked as a Public Information Officer for any period of time during the financial year 2009-10 (April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010) is eligible to apply. Two awards would be given in this category. For more details, log onto www.rtiawards.org.
One award would be given to a journalist who has used RTI for highlighting issues of public importance. A journalist can nominate himself or can be recommended by someone else. For more details, log onto www.rtiawards.org.
The Jury consists of eminent personalities including actor Aamir Khan, Chief Mentor of Infosys NR Narayana Murthy, Former Chief Justice of Supreme Court Justice JS Verma, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India JM Lyngdoh, Constitutional Expert and Senior Advocate Fali S Nariman, Padma Bhushan Awardee Mallika Sarabhai, Padma Shri and Dronacharya Award Awardee Pullela Gopichand, Author Madhu Trehan, Chairman of NDTV Dr. Pronnoy Roy, Editor and CEO of Dainik Jagran Sanjay Gupta.
The award would consist of a cash component of Rs. two lakhs, a citation and a plaque. Last date for receiving nominations is July 15, 2010.