Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Shivam Jain Kakadia, Government Law College, Mumbai, 5th year

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Public Concern for Governance Trust (PCGT), B/2, Mahalaxmi Chambers, 22, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra – 400 026

Application Process with contact details

Students pursuing graduation and post graduation in any stream can apply for an internship by sending a cover letter and resume to publicconcern@gmail.com. The internship has to be for a minimum period of one month. Kindly apply at least two months prior to the desired period of internship.

PCGT has four major campaigns: (1) Youth For Governance, (2) RTI Cell (3) Kuchh Aur, (4) Corruption Hatayenge (You can find out more details about these campaigns on PCGT’s website, pcgt.org).

You can work on any one or more of these campaigns depending upon your interest and inclination. Kindly specify your area of interest in the covering letter.

Duration of internship and timings

2nd January – 30th April, 2015

Timings – 09:30 AM to 05:30 PM (Saturdays off)

First impression, first day formalities, Infrastructure

On the first day, I was introduced to the trustees and staff of PCGT.

Since my area of interest was RTI, I was briefed by Mr. D. S. Ranga Rao (former officer of the Intelligence Bureau who heads the RTI Cell of PCGT) about the role of PCGT in assisting the citizens, especially the downtrodden, in filing RTI applications.

Mr. Rao then asked me to go through the RTI Act 2005 and prepare a draft RTI application.

Main tasks

During my internship, I got an opportunity to draft and file RTI applications and attend RTI hearings at various government departments, including the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, the Office of the Charity Commissioner and the Bombay High Court Registry.

I also conducted research on different sections of the RTI Act and the relevant case law.

I attended Weekly Trustees’ Meetings and had the privilege to work under the guidance of Mr. Julio Ribeiro (Founder Trustee) for the Youth For Governance campaign and Mr. S. S. Puri (Trustee) for the RTI campaign in the second and third month of my internship, respectively.

Towards the end of my internship, I wrote and presented a short research paper on “A Decade of RTI as a tool for good governance” at the Weekly Trustees’ Meeting.

Work environment and people

The trustees and staff of PCGT are extremely amicable and supportive. The overall work environment is such that I looked forward to coming to work everyday, one of the primary reasons why I extended my internship for another three months.

Best things

Interning with PCGT gives you a first hand opportunity to work for transparency and accountability in governance. PCGT has an esteemed Board of Trustees who are extremely active and meet on a weekly basis to discuss burning issues like corruption and communalism and take steps to ensure just and transparent implementation of the law.

The trustees are very accommodating and they encourage young people to take charge and contribute towards a better society.

Bad things

I didn’t have a co-intern!

Stipend

None

Biggest Lessons

You have to do the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.

This post was first published on: November 22, 2017

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