Name, Year of Study, College
I am Shoumya Rathore, a law student pursuing a 5-year integrated Law course B.L.S L.L.B from Government Law College, Mumbai.
Name of the Organisation and Its Full Address
Chhattisgarh State Information Commission, Sector-19, North Block, Nava Raipur Atal Nagar, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India – 492002.
Duration of Internship
July 1, 2021- July 15, 2021
When my first semester exams had ended, I applied for this internship at Chhattisgarh State Information Commission.
About the Commission
The name of the commission is Chhattisgarh State Information Commission. It was constituted under the Right to Information Act, 2005. The Commission consisted of a State Chief Information Commissioner Shri M. K. Raut and three State Information Commissioners namely, Shri Ashok Kumar Agrawal, Shri Manoj Kumar Trivedi and Shri Dhanvendra Jaiswal.
Normally, the timing of opening and closing of the commission is 10 AM to 5 PM.
Address of the Commission is: Chhattisgarh State Information Commission, Sector-19, North Block, Nava Raipur Atal Nagar, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India (492002)
Phone: 0771 – 2512107
Fax: 0771 – 2512102
E-mail ID: sic.cg@nic
Infrastructure of the Commission
Being a newly built building, it has good infrastructure. There is a parking lot for vehicles, waiting rooms, conference room, courtrooms, canteen, record room, clean washrooms separately for men, women and specially-abled persons and lift among others.
Procedure for Applying
I applied for the internship on 11th June 2021. While applying the documents needed were an application addressed to the Secretary requesting for the internship (mentioning the time period during which you intend to do the internship), a Recommendation Letter and a Photocopy of your College ID card.
I applied by visiting the commission itself. After one week, I went on to inquire about the status of my internship and got to know that it has been accepted.
Commencement of Internship
I received the letter from the Commission approving my internship from 1st July 2021 to 15th July 2021 under Shri Ashok Kumar Agarwal Sir, State Information Commissioner. The internship was offline and there was no stipend.
On the first day of my internship, I reached the office on time and met Law Officer. I was given the Right to Information Act with the annual report book to read and was given a briefing about the Act. Then I met Agrawal Sir and introduced myself followed by a small discussion on the Act.
Hearing of the cases normally starts at 12 noon. On the very first day itself, I was made to attend the proceedings of cases in the courtroom of Agrawal Sir. During hearings, I took note of the facts, their replies and answers. After the hearings, I was asked to do research on it and submit it the next day.
I was also given a one hour break for lunch.
Main Tasks and Learnings
I used to attend the proceedings of the case daily and around 15-20 cases were scheduled for hearings in a day. Proceedings were conducted both offline as well as through video conferencing mode.
My main task was to do research on the cases which I heard the previous day and reason out what should be the best course of action. Also, to look for the judgments of the Supreme Court or Central Information Commission in similar cases. I also read judgments of cases upon which I have researched and used to note down my mistakes and learnings from them.
In addition, I learned how an RTI is registered, the procedure involved in filing it, the applicability of various organisations, how to file answers and replies against it among others.
It was overall a good experience for me, it being my first internship. The best part of it was the discussion I had with Agrawal sir. He was very energetic and was always ready to clear my doubts until I was satisfied with the answers. He also encouraged me to read and research on various cases.
Suggestions and Advice for Others
I would recommend first year law students to apply for this internship as the Right to Information Act is a small act and its language is simple to understand. Moreover, it gradually helps us to gain the knowledge of various intricacies involved in the legal system and since the common public themselves argue for their side, we get to look at proceedings more closely.
Additionally, I would advise you to do this internship in the company of someone because after some days you might get bored as similar cases come up with different subject matter. You can also ask for permission from the commissioner under whom you have been working to allow you to work for a day in courtrooms of other commissioners to get to know how differently they work.
Accommodation and Conveyance
As mentioned above, the commission is located in Atal Nagar Nava Raipur, which is sparsely populated and is around thirty kilometres from the main city Raipur. So usually, people stay in Raipur and commute by bus to Nava Raipur.
As it was my hometown, I used to travel by my own vehicle to the office.
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