5th National Convention on “Right to Information” in Odisha
We are inviting you to the 5th National Convention of National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI) which will be held from 14th to 16th October, 2017 at Utkal Mandap ( Near Rabindra Mandap), Bhubaneshwar. Odisha Soochana Adhikar Abhiyan (a State-level Network of RTI Activists leading campaign for effective implementation of RTI Act in Odisha) is hosting this convention which will celebrate twelve years of the use of the Right to Information law and reflect on the current challenges in its implementation in different parts of the country.
RTI users, Activists , Experts from across the country will be joining in this convention and share their experiences of the use of the law by movements, campaigns and individuals and discuss the impact of the RTI Act on governance in the country. A mix of plenary sessions, parallel workshops and an RTI mela will be organised to ensure vibrant peoples’ participation. A host of Eminent personalities and RTI Activists like Prof. Pravat Patnaik, Economist, Prashant Bhusan and Sri Anand Grover, Advocate, Supreme Court, Mrs. Aruna Roy, Sri Wajahat Habibullah, former Central Chief Information Commissioner, Sri Shailesh Gandhi, former Central Information Commissioner, Mrs. Annie raja, Prof. Sridhar Acharyulu, Central Information Commissioner, Sri Sunil Kumar Mishra, Odisha Chief Information Commissioner, Sri Venkatesh Nayak, Mrs. Anjali Bhardwaj, Sri Nikhil Dey and many others will be joining in the convention.
The convention will provide an opportunity to deliberate on the current challenges impeding the effective implementation of the RTI Act, including attacks on RTI users.
To trace the trajectory from transparency to accountability in the past four years, since the last NCPRI convention was held in Hyderabad, discussions will be organized on the status of various anti-corruption and grievance redress legislations, including the Whistleblowers’ Protection law, the Lokpal Act, the Prevention of Corruption Amendment Bill and the grievance redress bill.
Recent developments around the right to privacy and how it is likely to interface with peoples’ right to information will be deliberated upon. The convention will also provide an opportunity to discuss and develop strategies for safeguarding and furthering freedom of speech and expression, which is the cornerstone of any democracy and is enshrined in Article 19 (1)(a) of the constitution from which the right to information flows.
Information commissioners, government functionaries, RTI users and people associated with movements and campaigns from across the country will participate in the convention. An RTI Mela will be organized in collaboration with various citizens’ groups, where campaigns and organizations from different states will put up stalls showcasing the use of the RTI Act.
We request you to attend and participate in the deliberation of the Convention. We have fixed Rs.100.00 as Registration fee to be paid by each participant to attend the convention. Please kindly confirm your participation by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or message to mobile no. 9937843482. We have arranged low cost boarding and lodging for all the participants. The Convention will start each day at 9.30 am to 5 pm followed by cultural programme in the night.
Best wishes and regards,