Right to information
Right to Information Act can do within five or six days, what the government cannot do in five or six months, said Mr. Y. G. Muralidharan, Director of CREATE, Bangalore while speaking on “Right to Information: A Tool for Enhancing Qualityof Governance.”
The speaker, speaking elaborately on the Right to Information Act mentioned its context, said that right to information is enshrined the Constitution of India. It is part of freedom of speech and expression.
Whenever we become conscious of our social responsibility, we are called good citizens. Right to information is a powerful tool in shaping good citizens. He underlined the societal nature of the Right to Information Act.
He also was quick to add that our right to know is derived from the fact we pay the public servants. Citing various examples of efficient use of this revolutionery act, Mr Muralidharn, demonstrated the power of Right to Information act. Information Commission facilitates our attempts to obtain information. If any public servant fails to furnish demanded information, he said, the seravnt could be penalised Rs. 250/ per day, upto a maximum punishment of Rs. 25,000, which is cut from his/ her salary!
Earlier in the day, Ms Suchitra Rao and Mr Vasudeva Sharma spoke on Human Trafficking. Defining human traficking as illegal movement across national and international borders, the resource persons examined the cause of the problem. Commodification of women, lack of protection measures to vulnerable sections of society, adult unemployment and increse in child labour, perpetration of feudal relationships – neo-slavery – etc.
The resource persons explained how human traficking affects women and children. They also charted out an action plan to do away human traficking and what measures the governments can take to ameleorate the condition fo such vulnerables.
: Fr Richie Rego SJ with imputs from Ms Vineeth Mathew