Huge response to DoPT On-line Course on RTI

On-Line Course on Right to Information Act

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Online Certificate Course on RTI began today on a pilot project basis. The 15-day course started on a Pilot Project basis is being taken by various stakeholders on, both, the demand and supply sides of the RTI implementation regime. This Course on RTI is in association with the Centre for Good Governance, Hyderabad. The first batch has 60 candidates. The response to the course was overwhelming with 1452 applications. Those other than in the Pilot batch will be covered in subsequent batches.

The Online Certificate Course is aimed at:

  • Public Information Officers (PIOs)

  • Assistant Public Information Officers (APIOs)

  • Appellate Authorities

  • Officials assisting the above designated officers or other public officials Citizens

  • Representative of Civil Society Organisations (including Media Organisations)

  • Any other person(s) who could be a direct/indirect stakeholder

The objectives of the Course are:

  • Reaching out to those who have not had an opportunity to participate in any training/sensitization initiatives on RTI Act, 2005

  • Bringing greater clarity on RTI among designated implementing officials like APIOs/ PIOs/ FAOs

  • Ensuring appreciation for RTI Act, 2005 and its mandate among the officials designated under it and also among the citizens

  • Facilitating timely delivery of information by PIOs

  • Having better informed citizens, civil society and other stakeholders

The outcomes expected from this initiative are:

  • A sound knowledge of the provisions of the RTI Act, 2005 among the people taking this course

  • Good understanding of the roles and responsibilities of organizations/ persons concerned with implementing the law and with enforcing the rights under this law

  • Proper appreciation of rights/obligations ¡V as applicable ¡V for effective use of RTI

  • Reliable guidance on following the right process/procedure to implement the provisions of this Act and to benefit from this Act.

  • Good understanding of remedies available when an implementing organization fails to comply with this Act.

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