F. No 1/6/2012 -IR
Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training,

North Block, New Delhi-110001
Dated 18th July, 2013

Office Memorandum

Subject: Guidelines on Awareness Generation and Capacity building components of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme on “Improving Transparency and Accountability in government through effective implementation of Right to Information Act” for the year 201 3-2014 to 2015-2016

1.0 Introduction

The Right to Information Act was enacted in 2005 to further the objectives of making the governance more transparent and accountable. In the last 7 years, an elaborate institutional mechanism, including setting up of information Commissions, designation of large number of officers as CPlOs/ SPIOs and Appellate Authorities and laying down of detailed guidelines and instructions for dealing with RTI requests, has been set up, in line with the mandate of the Act, to ensure that the right of information is exercised freely and with ease.

To further strengthen the RTL regime, a centrally sponsored scheme was launched in 2008 with the primary objective of creating awareness and for training of officers, both in central and state governments. This scheme was sanctioned for 2 years. A new scheme titled ‘Improving transparency and accountability in government through effective implementation of Right to Information Act” was approved for the remaining two years of the 11th Plan period (2010-11 and 2011-12). Guidelines for sanction and release of funds to SICs and ATIs for two components of the scheme namely awareness generation and capacity building’ were issued vide O.M. No.11612010-IR dated 16.8.2010. Almost all the ATIs availed of the grants given by this Department for the various activities under the components of awareness generation and capacity building.

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