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"Information Expert" Certified Course on RTI Act, 2005

How to file RTI and do analysis on its data


Course Design: Right to Information (RTI) - Basics to Advanced Level (Based on the Right to Information Act, 2005)


Duration: 8 Weeks (can be adjusted as per the learning pace)


Objective:

The course aims to provide freshers with a comprehensive understanding of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005, from the basics to an advanced level. Participants will learn about the principles, legal frameworks, and practical applications of the RTI Act. The course will focus on equipping participants with the knowledge and skills to apply RTI effectively, empowering them to access information and contribute to a more transparent and accountable government.


Week 1: Introduction to Right to Information and RTI Act, 2005


1.1 What is Right to Information?

- Definition and key concepts of RTI

- Historical background and significance in promoting transparency


1.2 Overview of the RTI Act, 2005

- Objectives and scope of the Act

- Key provisions and sections of the RTI Act


Week 2: Principles and Key Features of the RTI Act


2.1 Principles Underlying the RTI Act

- Transparency, accountability, and citizen empowerment

- Public interest and right to access information


2.2 Key Features of the RTI Act

- Proactive disclosure of information by public authorities

- Timelines for providing information to applicants


Week 3: Procedural Steps for Applying RTI


3.1 Preparing an RTI Application

- Identifying the information sought

- Framing clear and specific questions in the application


3.2 Addressing the Concerned Government Department

- Understanding the jurisdiction of public authorities

- Choosing the right department for your information request


3.3 Mode of Application and Fee Payment

- Online vs. offline application process

- RTI fee structure and payment methods


Week 4: Grounds and Format for RTI Application


4.1 Grounds for Seeking Information

- Understanding the information that can be requested

- Avoiding questions that fall under exemptions


4.2 Format and Structure of the RTI Application

- Sample templates for drafting an RTI application

- Tips for writing effective requests


Week 5: Submission and Follow-Up


5.1 Submitting the RTI Application

- Methods of submission and acknowledgment receipt

- Ensuring the application reaches the concerned public authority


5.2 Timelines and Response

- Statutory timelines for receiving a response

- Types of responses: full disclosure, partial disclosure, and denial


Week 6: Appeals and Grievance Mechanisms


6.1 First Appeal

- Grounds and process for filing a first appeal

- Timelines for receiving a response from the first appellate authority


6.2 Second Appeal and Information Commissions

- Initiating a second appeal before the Information Commission

- Understanding the powers and responsibilities of Information Commissions


Week 7: Advanced Topics in RTI


7.1 Whistleblower Protection and Security

- Ensuring protection for whistleblowers

- Addressing concerns about personal safety and privacy


7.2 RTI and Government Records Management

- Role of RTI in preserving and managing government records

- Challenges in accessing archived information


Week 8: RTI in Practice - Case Studies and Best Practices


8.1 Real-life Case Studies

- Analyzing successful RTI applications and their impact

- Lessons learned from challenging cases


8.2 Best Practices for RTI Applications

- Tips for improving the effectiveness of your RTI requests

- Engaging with civil society and media for support


Final Assessment and Conclusion


- Final examination or assessment to evaluate participants' understanding of the RTI Act and procedural steps.

- Recapitulation of key points and takeaways from the course.

- Encouraging participants to exercise their right to information responsibly and contribute to transparent governance.


Note: The course can be supplemented with practical exercises, role-plays, and mock RTI applications to provide participants with hands-on experience in navigating the RTI process. Additionally, inviting experienced RTI activists or officials from Information Commissions for guest lectures can enrich the learning experience.


Course is drafted and teach for positive construction of information, not to do misusage or don not provide any harm to government department.

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