Presentation on theme: "Presentation from Assam Dr.Partha Ganguli Dibrugarh, Assam."— Presentation transcript:
Presentation from Assam Dr.Partha Ganguli Dibrugarh, Assam
The Team Selection The Team Selection NEN decentralized the responsibilities among partner organisations and individual activists (including academicians). careful selection of local partners and volunteers was done in the selected districts. The local community and the Departments could be reached instantly with the help of local partners.
Team Members Field Survey Teams: Nalbari: Hirannya Sharma, Mani Debi, Harmohan Kalita Karbi Anglong: Luke Rongphar, Violet Singnarpi, Bibison Teron Dibrugarh: Rituraj Gogoi, Rita Gogoi, Mousumi Bora NEN's District Level Contact Point Organisations Mr. Pritibhushan Deka from Gramya Vikas Mancha Mr. Anderson Tokbi from Dondon Integrated Rural Development Society Dr. Partha Ganguli from D.H.S.K.College, Dibrugarh Dr. Partha Ganguli from D.H.S.K.College, Dibrugarh
NEN Team North East Network Team Mentor: Dr. Monisha Behal, NEN Field Supervisors: Anurita P.Hazarika, Rehana Rehman, NEN's Part-time Volunteers for field survey: Indrani Sharma, Bijumoni Haloi, Documentation and State office Contact Person: Leena Uppal, Logistics and Administration: Alpana D. Choudhuri & P.K. Ngate State Training Coordinator: Samhita Barooah
Survey Process in Assam State level training was held from June 18-20, 2008 Three Districts selected were: 1)Dibrugarh:8 villages 2)Karbi Anglong:8 villages 3)Nalbari:8 villages In total 24 villages and 9 urban wards (3 in each Town Committee) assessed Survey period in 19 days
Survey Process The orientation Programme to familiarize the teams with the process of the survey and formats. Pre-testing of the survey formats in Guwahati. ‘Village locating’ by NEN volunteers in the three districts. Translated format was circulated.
Experience This survey has been able to draw great insights into Assam's ground realities. Some RTI officials were defensive and some of them denied their real positions as PIOs (knowingly or unknowingly). RTI applications filed.
Experience Government officials had not taken the training and orientation programme seriously; The officials were rarely found cooperating with applicants; A tendency of "fault finding" for discouraging the applicant; Inefficient record keeping by government officials were experienced; Gaon Panchayat offices were mostly found closed; The Panchayat officers needs training on office regularity and decorum.
Experience The team received good responses from the local NGOs and clubs and the optimism among people was quite visible. RTI applicant had to return without filing because the village level office was found closed during the office hours.
Post Survey State level meeting at Guwahati 27& 28 September 2008 Finalisation of Campaign (5-28) September 2008 12 districts participated A local theatre group was involved. The group traveled the 12 districts and conducted street plays.
Post Survey Public meetings in villages/communities etc. Film screening Visit to govt. officials to check RTI Act compliance. Locating RTI practioners. Documenting case studies. Set up of Information Desk etc.
Post Survey People’s Assembly on September 26, Interaction with Mr. B.K. Gohain, State Information Commissioner. Framing Memorandums. Press Meet.
RTI Act A status Report of Dibrugarh Town
The Survey on RTI Dibrugarh. Period of Study:(12-20) Sept, 2008 Visited 37 Offices Only Five Queries made. Dibrugarh Town Area State Government Offices.
The Survey on RTI Dibrugarh. The following information was solicited: Name of PIO/APIO Address of the Office Availability of Money Receipt. Whether RTI Board Properly Displayed? No. of RTI application Received by the office.
Status of RTI PIO/APIO Not Available Money Receipts Not Available Sign Board Not found No.of RTI filed 28/37(75.67)29/37(78.37)35/37(94.59)36
RTI Dibrugarh PIO/APIO not easily available PIO, office of DC is also in charge of Excise, Food and Civil supplies etc. No Sign Board No PIO/APIO Appointed Not received Training No literature available with the offices Hostile asking
RTI Dibrugarh Awareness campaign required We concluded 10 programmes in 19 days. PA’s also attended Many problems solved. PS need to be more people friendly. PA were also found non cooperating in certain cases. General resistance to RTI from PA.
RTI Directory required. People are interested to know about RTI Receiving querries Invitation for orientation.