New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla today said that the main aim of the Right to Information Act is to empower citizens, bringing transparency, getting system rid of corruption and taking the democracy to the hands of the people of the country in true sense. Speaking at the 15th Annual Convention of Central Information Commission titled, “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav: Citizen – centric Governance through RTI” at Vigyan Bhawan, Om Birla said that effective use of the RTI will help in building a developed and corruption-free India, as envisioned by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh today said, transparency and Citizen-centricity are the hallmark of the Modi governance model. Addressing the 15th Annual Convention of Central Information Commission titled, “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav: Citizen – centric Governance through RTI” at Vigyan Bhawan, Dr Jitendra Singh said, ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over in 2014, transparency, accountability and citizen-centricity became the hallmark of the Governance Model. He said that in the last over eight years, every conscious decision was taken to strengthen the independence and resources of the Information Commission.
Referring to indiscriminate filing of RTI applications in an era of Information Explosion, Dr Jitendra Singh humbly appealed to check before filing the application, whether the desired information is already existing in the public domain or not. He elaborated that today all major decisions and information are in the public domain and we have achieved transparency with credibility.
Chief Information Commissioners of States and Union Territories and other officials of the Central Information Commission were also present during the event.