Event Report- Using RTI For Public & Social Good

In a world driven by information, the right to access vital data and hold authorities accountable is paramount. One of the most powerful tools available to citizens is the Right to Information (RTI) Act, which empowers individuals to seek and obtain valuable insights from government bodies. Recently, renowned freelance journalist and RTI activist Anil Galgali delivered an enlightening webinar organised by the Moneylife Foundation, shedding light on the immense potential of RTI for social and public good. 
Anil Galgali, an influential figure in the field of journalism and activism, has long been a champion of transparency and accountability. Through his extensive experience, Mr Galgali has harnessed the power of the RTI Act to uncover critical information and bring about positive change in society. The webinar provided an invaluable platform for Mr Galgali to share his knowledge, strategies, and success stories, inspiring individuals to exercise their right to information effectively.
During the webinar, he elucidated the fundamental aspects of the RTI Act, empowering attendees with a clear understanding of its provisions and potential. He emphasised that the act serves as a powerful tool to bridge the information gap between the government and its citizens. By filing an RTI application, anyone can request specific details, documents, or records held by government departments, thereby promoting transparency, accountability, and good governance.
He passionately advocated for the use of RTI to drive social and public good. He highlighted various instances where the RTI Act has played a pivotal role in exposing corruption, revealing inefficiencies, and demanding justice. From unearthing financial irregularities in public projects to uncovering discrepancies in the allocation of resources, he showcased how RTI has become a catalyst for positive change.
He also stressed the importance of citizen participation in utilising the RTI Act effectively. He shared valuable insights into drafting well-crafted RTI applications, identifying the right public authorities to approach, and following up diligently on responses. Through his experiences, Galgali encouraged attendees to embrace the power of information and proactively engage with the system to bring about meaningful transformations.
Throughout the webinar, he highlighted the transformative impact of RTI activism. By leveraging the RTI Act, individuals and organisations can demand accountability, initiate public debate and drive policy reforms. His success stories illustrated how a single RTI application can lead to systemic changes, shaping a more transparent and responsible administration.
The talk was followed by a Q&A where he resolved queries of people concerning RTIs related to civic authorities, municipal corporations, university etc.
A Video Recording of the Session is Available on Our YouTube Channel:

Date: 10 May 2023
Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Venue: Online Webinar

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