Friday, October 31, 2014

It is time we had a transparency revolution!

     Trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty!

On the first day of our magnificent cultural fest, THOMSO’14, the members of Awareness cell, NSS IIT Roorkee, organized a nukkad-natak to create awareness about RTI. The event was held on 31st October 2014, on the U.G. Floor.

Performed by twenty-three students of NSS Awareness Cell, this nukkad-natak brought RTI act to the spectators’ notice by organizing a skit about the same. The Right to Information Act (RTI) is an Act of the Parliament Of India to provide for setting out the practical regime of right to information for citizens. Under the provisions of the Act, any citizen may request information from a public authority which is required to reply expeditiously or within thirty days. The Act also requires every public authority to computerize their records for wide dissemination and to proactively certain categories of information so that the citizens need minimum recourse to request for information formally. This law was passed by Parliament on 15 June 2005 and came fully into force on 12 October 2005 but there are very few citizens of the country who exercise their right.

Students shout slogans

The slogans “aao! aao! natak dekho!” drew the attention of the crowd and people in the nearby areas. Soon the crowd began to flow towards the U.G. floor .The crowd was very curious and one could have easily observed the sparkle in their eyes portraying excitement for the play. The crowd comprised people not only from our own campus but also from other colleges. The efforts put in by the street play performers finally bore the fruits, as the act was flawless.

Bringing awareness about the RTI Act

The NSS group succeeded in their endeavour of bringing awareness about the RTI Act. This event which began with completely ignorant spectators, ended on a positive note of enlightenment regarding the rights in this democratic country.

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