Vice President launches RTI Knowledge Portal

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Tvm: Vice President of India, Shri M Hamid Ansari today formally launched the Right to Information (RTI) Knowledge Portal at the Institute of Management in Government (IMG) in Thiruvananthapuram. The RTI Knowledge Portal is one of the initiatives taken up by the Centre which will act as single referral point for all relevant information relating to RTI in the State.

Speaking at the function, the Vice President said that the Government and officials are bound by the RTI Act to give information to the people who ask for it. “The right to information is a fundamental right of a citizen”, he added.

The RTI Knowledge Portal has been developed by IMG with the technical support of the Technopark based Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management – Kerala (IIITM-K). The aim is to educate the public and the Government employees to understand and apply the Act and derive its benefit to the fullest potential. The Portal will provide authentic content on the various provisions of the Act, important studies, research papers, presentations, Government Reports, Circulars and Government Orders. Important decisions of Kerala State Information Commission will also be available in this site with keywords for easy search facility.

Earlier, talking to Kerala IT News, Dr. Ajay Kumar, Principal Secretary (IT) said, “This portal being developed by IMG is only the second of this type. The other one has been developed by Centre for Good Governance, Hyderabad. However, the IMG portal has several features which are unique and not available with the CGG portal.” “The RTI portal developed by IMG would be a great help to all employees as it includes provision to answer specific invidual queries of PIOs”, he added. Dr. Ajay Kumar is a Member of the Board of Governors of IMG and according to him Kerala is probably the first State to take up this work.

The Knowledge Portal offers an unique Online bilingual ‘Basic Certification Course on RTI’ where any stakeholder can register for this e-course and get certified online on successful completion of all the modules. Another feature is the ‘Ask the Expert’ service for all stakeholders. This facility enables remote user to ask a specific question on the online portal. The question is then routed to a panel of experts who within a specified timeframe provide the best possible answer to the query. Moreover, the reply is recorded in a Knowledge Management system for subsequent users to refer. A compilation of FAQs is also included.

The Institute of Management in Government, Thiruvananthapuram was established as an autonomous body under the auspices of the Government of Kerala in 1981 with the objective of developing managerial skills, organisational abilities, leadership qualities and decision making skills among different categories of employees of Government, Private and Public sector.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News

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