Internship Experience @ Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Delhi: Learn a lot about RTIs

Interns Details

Saunak Rajguru, 4th Semester, KIIT School of Law.

Name of the Organization

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Delhi

Team Strength- 8-10 + Interns

Application Process

A mail with a purpose can be dropped to Ms. Vinu Sampath Kumar at [email protected]

Duration of Internship

1st-30th June, 2016. Timings: 9:30 am-5:30 pm.

First Day

On the first day of my joining to the office, I was given my cubicle and Ms. Vinu was kind enough to guide me to my Project- head, Mr. Venkatesh Nayak- an epitome of humbleness and one of reasons behind the RTI Act, 2005’s efficient implementation in the nation.

I was deployed under the Access to Justice Campaign” of the CHRI- Delhi Chapter and was given a few basic books to start with my research work. the books related to all that one can read to know about the evolution of the concept of “Right to Information”, the International scenario including the common law jurisprudence and finally ending with emphasis given to the interpretation by the Hon’ble SC.

Infrastructure

The Infrastructure was good, ventilation was perfect, the whitish walls and the cool people in the office with a kitchen serving you anytime tea and coffee was just the perfect combination to make it a perfect think-tank body scenario I expected it to be like.

Main Tasks

Coming to tasks, that was the best part of it. My tasks included a variety of matters to be researched upon. I started with researching and noting the patterns of the SC/HC decisions to those pertaining to appeals from the Central Information Commission for the years 2012 and 2013 and made a report on the same which will be soon published in their forthcoming publications.

Further, I was asked to prepare a summary report on my findings of all the matters disposed of relating to the Central Board of Direct Taxes by the SC/HC in regard to the disclosure of information which will be published too.

Apart from these, I accompanied my project head to the Central Information Commission occasionally, which was a great experience for the reasons that the proceedings were completely different from those of general court proceedings.

Various important matters came up during my visits of which one major one included a complaint to the commission regarding the non-compliance of the Commission’s order of April,2013, whereby the political parties were held to be falling under the ambit of the RTI, Act.

Best things

Best things included the amount of exposure, the understanding of various policy decisions, and the way the tasks are given to interns so that it benefits their purpose too.

As in, the tasks which I was given, while studying all the cases pertaining to RTI Matters, a lot number of areas can be covered because it pertained to different matters of different institutions covering over a range of administrative law, company law and various other legislations.

Stipend

None

Any other thing

Every day of the internship, I learnt something or the other. I could understand how powerful tool we have with us in the form of RTI Act, to ensure transparency and accountability of the public institutions.

This provision over the years will empower the mass and the same is required in a healthy democracy.

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