Workshop for Effective Implementation of the RTI Act organized by SSC
A two day Workshop aimed at sensitizing Staff Selection Commission (SSC) officials about RTI issues and provisions of RTI Act was organised by SSC. The topics included Role and Responsibilities of Public Authorities, the process of filing RTI Application and Appeals which were discussed with case studies.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Information Commissioner Shri Satyanand Mishra said that the Right to Information (RTI) Act is expanding and demand for information under the Act is ever increasing. Shri Mishra pointed to cost involved in disseminating information and the manpower crunch faced in certain places. Shri Mishra observed that the RTI is becoming very expensive for the government and someday the society will have to consider the expenses involved.
Shri S.K. Sarkar, Additional Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training, referred to a study by Price Waterhouse Coopers in his address and said that the Government has developed a long time communication strategy under which a new logo and a song and have been developed and workshops and performances are being organized to popularize the RTI Act.
The Chairman, Staff Selection Commission Shri N.K. Raghupathy, pointed out the steps taken by the Commission to improve the transparency and said that RTI Act works as a quality check of the work of SSC. He also said that the SSC have put answer sheets of all candidates on the website and asked for objections. With about 88 lakh candidates appearing in various competitive exams conducted last year by the SSC, filing of just five thousand RTI applications received praises from Mr. Mishra.