National RTI Convention in Shillong

The Meghalaya Right to Information Movement (MRTIM) will hold Third National RTI Convention in Shillong on 10th March 2011 to 12 March 2011 to be organised by NCPRI (National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information). The NCPRI has chosen to locate this Convention in Shillong so that it provides us with a great opportunity to learn from the significant experiences of the North East in the use of the RTI, as per their blog post.

The Convention will explore how the various people’s movements/campaigns across the country have used RTI to expose the truth and help develop an informed citizenry for democratic decision making.

3rd National RTI Convention

NCPRI will use this Convention to demand a strong Lokpal Bill, a strong Whistleblowers Bill and ensure that the RTI Act is not diluted through rules or other means. Further NCPRI is in process of developing a public campaign to demand for a transparent pre-legislative process to ensure that there’s a more inclusive platform for public participation outside of the current whimsical Standing Committee route. Since the Convention will be in the North-East India, it will also provide rich material for how a democracy functions in the backdrop of highly visible armed forces and intelligence agencies.

The confirmed attendees include Justice JS Verma, Justice Shah, James Lyngdoh, Harsh Mander, Aruna Roy, Trilochan Sastry, Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan, Shekhar Singh, Manoj Mitta, Leela Samson, Governor of Meghalaya, CIC Satyanand Mishra, Usha Ramanathan, Vrinda Grover, Nikhil Dey.

Akhil Gogoi, one of the best known RTI activist in India is also likely to attend this convention.

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