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Create awareness on Right to Information Act: Hussain

Posted on Nov 23, 04:51PM | UNI

Andhra Pradesh Chief Information Commissioner Jannath Hussain today appealed to the song and drama division artistes to create awareness on Right to Information (RTI) Act (RTI) in the rural areas through folklore.

Participating in a two-day workshop for the Song and Drama artists on 'Right to Information Act', here Mr Hussain said every citizen has the right to know the activities and programmes of the government.

Lauding the Act as one of the best acts enacted by the government of India since independence, he said and added the Sweeden has introduced RTI Act in 1766.

As per the Act a Public Information Officer (PIO) has to give reply within 30 days to the applicant's request for information. In case any PIO reates trouble by not acepting the application fee in the form of postal order or in any form, the applicant can compliant directly to the State Information Commissioner under Section 18 of the RTI Act, he said.

The Commission has the right to recommend to the concerned department for disciplinary action against those who fail to give information to the applicant in a stipulated time, Mr Hussain added.