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National award to RTI activist Nazim Khan

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Union government’s Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) together with RCVP, Noronha Academy of Administration and Management of the M.P. government, organized a unique workshop under the subject scheme “Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government through effective Implementation of the Right to Information Act, 2005” at RCVP Noronha Academy of Administration and Management, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh on 4 March, 2011. The Chief Guest and speakers of the function were Shri S. K. Tiwari, State Information Commissioner, Chattisgarh, Shri Bhaskar Patil, State Information Commissioner, Maharshtra, (Amravati) and Shri Mohan Rao, Head of the Academy, Bhopal.

In this programme, papers/write-ups were invited for Best Practices and/or Success Stories in the field using Right to Information Act 2005 as a tool. The theme of the programme was “Five Years of RTI Act and Looking Ahead”.

Information Commissioners, Officers In-Charge of Right to Information Act, 2005 in various State Governments, RTI Trainers, Representatives of Civil Society Organizations (CSO), Media, Academicians and Scholars in the field of RTI were present and took active part in the programme. Participants from the states of Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Daman & Diu, Dadar Nagar Haveli & Madhya Pradesh were invited to participate and were present in this workshop.

In this programme, Nazim Khan of Ballarpur (Maharashtra) was selected for presenting best paper on the subject scheme and was awarded for the best practice. Nazim Khan, while addressing the workshop, said it is high time when offices of the RTI Commissioners are overburdened with complaints and appeals under RTI, hence we must resolve this problem by educating people and making them realize their duties and to exercise their rights diligently in a result-oriented manner. Nazim Khan was the youngest  activist invited and present in this workshop.

The objective of the workshop was to provide a knowledge sharing platform and also for sharing and searching of best practices in the field of capacity building, awareness generation, community mobilization and innovation in RTI and also to deliberate on the steps that need to be taken to further improve the cause and strengthen the RTI regime. The proceedings and results of this workshop will be collected and published for wider dissemination and information.

Nazim Khan  may be reached at 17.nazim[@]gmail.com

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2011 on page no. 17

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