Why spread awareness about Right to Information?

One of the projects of LEAF Society deals specifically with spreading awareness about Right to Information Act. Now most people would wonder why it is so important to spread information about a particular act, for an NGO, rather than providing the disadvantaged people with food and clothing. The full form of LEAF, Leadership through Education and Action Foundation, answers that question. Continue reading


Innocence lost

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Photograph by: Rakesh  JV

In 2010, 67 million women around the world had been married before the age of 18. If this trend continues, 142 million girls will be married before their 18th birthday over the next decade. That’s an average of 14.2 million girls per year. Continue reading

The Basics of filing an RTI application

12th October, 2005, brought a brand new dimension to the Indian Democracy, as the day brought into effect the Right to Information Act, 2005.

RTI Act is intended to provide the citizen of India, the right to ask for information from “public authorities”. Although such rights have existed before the act of 2005 came into being, through various state legislations, but they suffered from severe inconsistencies.

Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005, gives the right to seek information, to all the citizens (excluding those of Jammu & Kashmir of India1), from their government. An individual under this act can request any information, can ask for reports and records, can take certified samples of materials of public work, obtain information forms of printouts, diskettes, floppies, tapes, video cassettes ‘or in any other electronic mode’ or through printouts. Continue reading