Kashmir Life: Srinagar: Thursday, March 23, 2017.
J&K RTI Movement and CHRI on Wednesday organized an event to present the findings of the study of compliance with proactive information disclosure under J&K RTI Act in Baramulla.
J&K RTI Movement members, Adv Syed Iram Quadri and Adv Bilal Ahmad Bhat presented the findings of their study of the state of compliance of 230 public authorities across J&K with the mandatory requirement of proactive information disclosure at Baramulla today. The audience comprised of RTI activists, social activists and lawyers.
Dr Shaikh Ghulam Rasool, Chairperson J&K RTI Movement explained method of rooting out misuse of RTI is for government to spread awareness about the law amongst the public. He explained the procedures for giving information from application stage onwards with focus on detailed procedures for seeking information.
Venkatesh Nayak Program Coordinator-Access to Information, CHRI New Delhi said that it was a privilege to visit Baramulla, the hub of initial RTI activism in J&K. It is imperative to protect and safeguard RTI law in J&K and I can see only activists of J&K RTI Movement, students and lawyers doing it, he said. Considering Baramulla an intellectual hub, we expect more young and senior citizens to come forward and use the law to demand transparency in governemnt’s decision-making processes, particularly with the spending of taxpayers’ money. He also added, that compliance with the J&K RTI Act requiring more and more proactive disclosure of information is still not satisfactory in a majority of the public authorities in J&K.