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Seminar to mark 9 years of the RTI

Ranchi, April 19: Jharkhand RTI Forum and Media Information and Communication Centre of India (MICCI) jointly organised a seminar to mark nine years of Right to Information Act at Chamber Bhavan today. The maiden day of the two-day seminar on Role of Civil Society in Enhancing Transparency witnessed active participation of activists, students of National Law University and Central University, Jharkhand.

Guest speakers at the event provided interesting insights into the development of the RTI Act and the object behind its enactment.

RTI activist and a member of Federation of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce and Industries Pratul Shahdeo said the Act had been very effective in bringing about crucial changes in various sectors. “The Act provides a check on the government, which is otherwise unfettered,” Shahdeo added.

He further informed that he had sought details from the state election commission and its apex body regarding the search and seizure of money from private individuals in Ranchi and other districts before Lok Sabha polls. “The EC is not empowered to search and seize money from any person under the presumption that the sum would be used in elections,” Shahdeo added.

The activist said he was yet to receive a reply from EC’s side and was preparing to approach Delhi-based Central Information Commission on the issue. “The power to question the EC comes from the RTI Act,” Shahdeo told students.


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