National Workshop on Freedom of Information: Challenges and Solutions
Centre for Transparency and Accountability in Governance, National Law University Delhi in association, with the Central Information Commission, Government of India and NCPRI, New Delhi is organizing a one day National Workshop on Freedom of Information: Challenges and Solutions on 6 April 2013. The workshop shall provide a platform to various stakeholders and address topical matters for freedom of information.
This Workshop would deliberate on various sub-themes like Amplitude of the freedom of information endeavours; Role of the Public authority and Public Information officers in promoting the scheme; Analysis of exemptions under the provisions of the Act; Empowerment of the Central and State Information Commission; Reforms related to functioning of the RTI Scheme; Protections to RTI Applicant; Expansion of RTI scheme to Private institutions and Challenges before the RTI Scheme in India.
The workshop includes eminent speakers, who will sermonise on different topics. The first session: Expending the Horizons of the freedom of information endeavors in India will have
Shri Wajahat Habibullah, Chairman, Minority Commission of India
Ms. Aruna Roy, Member NCPRI
Mr, Nikhil Dey, Member NCPRI
Mr R Gopalan Joint Registrar/ CPIO, High Court of Delhi.
Shri Jay Chanda, Deputy Registrar/CPIO University of Delhi
The second session will deal with the Impediments in transparency and accountability under RTI Scheme and will have speakers like
Prof (Dr) PS Jaswal, Vice Chancellor, RGNUL Patiala Punjab
Shri P S Bawa, Former Chairman, Transparency International India, New Delhi
Shri Shailesh Gandhi Former member of CIC
Shri Subhash Chandra Aggrawal, RTI Activist.
Mrs. Smita Vats Sharma Additional Registrar/ CPIO, Supreme Court of India.
The final session throws light on Reforms in Freedom of Information Enforcement Mechanism:
Justice J S Verma, Former Chief Justice of India
Shri Manoj Joshi, Secretary, DOPT, Government of India
Dr. R.K. Verma, Additional Commissioner, Customs & Central Excise
Shri AN Tiwari, Former CIC, Government of India
Shri Venkatesh Nayak, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, India
Dr (Mrs.) Urmila Devi Joint Secretary/CPIO UGC, New Delhi
The Book titled “Transparency and Accountability in Governance” will be also be released during the workshop