OutLawed India is organising a Summit on RTI through and has issued a call for volunteers to file RTIs on various topics. They seek to file at least 100 RTIs on various topics such as the environment, technology, medical infrastructure, education, etc. The goal is to contribute to bringing information into the public sphere and making governance more transparent.
OutLawed India is an organisation that bolsters citizen engagement with law through grass-roots level legal education. In 2020, OutLawed India conducted Legal Awareness Workshops for 2500+ people across the country.
Previously, they have worked with organisations like Trilegal, Center for Internet and Society, Project 39A to conduct sessions on pertinent legal issues. We’ve also worked with NGOs like Teach for India, Super School India, and Indus Action to facilitate Legal Awareness Workshops.
What is the RTI Summit?
OutLawed is organising an RTI summit to bring together members of civil society in an attempt to simplify the process of holding our representatives accountable.
OutLawed is gathering NGOs, companies, and student organisations such as Daksh India, Vidhi, Association for Democratic Reforms, Indus Action, and various Legal Service Clinics of National Law Universities across the country.
All these organizations will take part in panel discussions to discuss the various aspects of RTI such as its interaction with the judiciary, accessibility concerns, accountability of public authorities and real-life experiences with filing RTIs.
What will the volunteers do?
OutLawed is also calling for volunteers to file RTIs as we should be moving from awareness to action.
At the end of the summit, OutLawed wants to have facilitated filing of at least 100 RTIs on various topics such as the environment, technology, medical infrastructure, education, etc. The goal is to contribute to bringing information into the public sphere and making governance more transparent.
OutLawed would be on hand throughout the event to aid all participants through the RTI filing process. It would be a collective effort to hold our representatives accountable.
Benefit to volunteers
Volunteers get to attend the workshop to gain first-hand knowledge about filing RTIs.
They can also register for the panels and attend those events.
Finally, and most importantly, they will also be filing RTIs in any area of their interest. OutLawed has curated a list of topics and the authorities to file the RTIs to. The volunteers will be able to draw from this list and be supported by the OutLawed team through the entire process.
This is an opportunity to be an active member of the civil society and contribute to transparent and accountable governance.
Volunteers will also receive a certificate at the end of the Summit, post filing the RTIs.
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