Sociolegalliterary is exulted to organize third lecture of digital colloquium on ‘Decoding Constitution in Unconstitutional times’ with a view to delve into a comprehensive discourse on : Misuse of RTI Exemption by Public authorities.
Relevance of Topic: As we are celebrating 15 years of the RTI act this year, the crippling vacancies of Commissioners & recent amendment in the act in 2019 weaknes the foundational value of this act which was meant for empowering the citizen and protecting the democracies.
Speaker Profile : Shailesh Gandhi is the only RTI activist to have been chosen as a Central Information Commissioner, he disposed a record of over 20000 cases in 3 years and 9 months, and ensured that most cases were decided in less than 90 days. . He sold his company to become a RTI activist. Shailesh was part of the National RTI movement which was involved in drafting the National Act. He was convener of the National Campaign for People’s Right To Information. He has used RTI and also trained many citizens and government officials in over 1000 workshops to use it. Amongst many awards he has been awarded the Nani Palkhiwala Civil Liberties award, and the MR Pai award. He has published a book: RTI Act- authentic interpretation of the Statute and a paper critiquing Supreme Court judgments on RTI.
Date and Time- 26 December 4PM ( IST)