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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 09:16:12 PM, UNI
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Ahmedabad: Chief Information Commissioner of Central Information Commission (CIC), Wajahat Habibullah, today expressed satisfaction over use of RTI Act among rural people within four years of its promulgation, saying 40 per cent of RTI applications were filed by uneducated people.
While speaking on 'The Right to Information: Challenges in making it more effective' here, Habibullah said, ''Slum dwellers were the major chunk of population who used the Act. It seems they are making use of the RTI Act the most.''
The Commissioner said NGOs worked at the rural level, while the media played a big role in urban areas to publicise the RTI Act.
Stating that the execution of the RTI Act was a challenge, Habibullah said the act was a major instrument in democratisation of the nation and emphasised the need for creating awareness among the people about the act.
He rued that people do not have a sense of participation in the government process and said the challenges would be successfully met only when people are aware of the provisions of the act.
Habibullah urged various institutions, including NGOs and the media, to shoulder the responsibility of informing people about the act.
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