Request for you and your Ministry to Assist in the RTI Act 2005 TRANSLATED into REGIONAL OFFICIAL LANGAUGES of STATES to uphold the Social Justice and Empowerment of MINORITIES in all States of INDIA. This is MUST for INDIA.
eGovINDIA, E KAVI, India RTI
Judicial Reforms & India Whistle Blower's Action Group
Facilitating Emergence of New India
Based on Values of Transparency & Accountability, E Governance, Natural Justice, Human Rights and Human Dignity
January 9, 2006
Hon. Minister Smt. Meira Kumar,
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Shastri Bhawan,
Dr Rajendra Prasad Road, New Delhi – 110 001 (India)
D-1029, New Friends Colony
New Delhi – 110065 Phone No. 91-11-26910618, 26910639
Ref: Request for you and your Ministry to Assist in getting the RTI Act 2005 TRANSLATED into REGIONAL OFFICIAL LANGAUGES of STATES to uphold the Social Justice and Empowerment of MINORITIES in all States of INDIA. This is a MUST for INDIA.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO all of YOU.
This is V. M. Kumaraswamy MBA, in business since 1971. Founder and Moderator of India's largest e-governance yahoo-group under the title eGovINDIA. You can reach this group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovINDIA
eGovINDIA is a group dedicated to promoting true e-governance in India, consisting of members from all walks of life from within INDIA and the World over. Many State Ministers and senior bureaucrats of India are members of this group. We do have lawyers, social activists, freelance writers and journalists in the group. The group is meant for serious activists only. Casual members are not allowed to join the group. The group is also moderated by an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer. As on date, the ! group has nearly 2700 members.
The focus of this group is true e-governance and use of open source technology in e-governance. The members of this forum have a passion to see a truly e-governed India, resulting in transparency and easy access to government services by the common man, notably the depressed class people (so called untouchables), women and people living in far flung and difficult areas of India.
`Right to Information Act will empower common people'. An inalienable right conferred on citizens. The eGovINDIA and INDIA RTI Consortium strongly advocate that ALL Governance in INDIA needs NRTI Act 2005 implemented effectively and properly to follow RTIA which means Responsibility, Transparency, Integrity and Accountability.
The RTI legislative intent is clear; People are entitled to know how their money is spent. The onus is on all of us to make the Act work. In effect, therefore, the right conferred on the citizen is an exhaustive one. It allows them to assess and examine every government decision, to study the reasons recorded by the government for taking a particular step, and to utilise information so gathered to ensure that government acts in a transparent and just manner. Indeed, the preamble to the RTI Act puts it well when it says, "democracy requires an informed citizenry and transparency of information" and adds these "are vital to its functioning and also to contain corruption and to hold Governments and their instrumentalities accountable to the governed".
eGovINDIA's subsidiary groups:
India WhistleBlower Act: The Action Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INDIA_WBA Exclusive Discussion Group on! Judicial and Legal Reforms in INDIA. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/JUDICIALREFORMS Right to Information in INDIA discussion group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INDIARTI
Localization of Languages which is a MUST for EFFECTIVE Implementation of eGovernance, RTI Act and all other Acts of INDIA.
There are 20 to 22 official languages in INDIA. All ACTS of INDIA needs to be TRANSLATED into these official Langauges.
Only 5 % in INDIA speak English. Only 20 to 25 % in INDIA knows Hindi. 85 % to 90 % of people speak there own STATE LANGAUGE. We need to CATER to these people. This should happen in INDIA. GOI needs to think about this for it's future. Real RTI Activists who are in the field knows about this problems.
Right to Info Act hits language barrier http://dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=9593
Minister Dayanidhi Maran Says Only FIVE percent speak ENGLISH in INDIA. SO 95% of population needs to know RTI rules and regulations in different Languages of INDIA.
E-mail is an efficient and timely communication tool used to carry out departmental activities and to conduct business within the Government of India, with business partners and with citizens. E-mail has become an important component of any office automation system. It expedites exchange of information, speeds up the decision making process and reduces paperwork, resulting in increased productivity, reduced costs and better delivery of services and programme's.
Right to information and obligations of public authorities 3 Subject to the provisions of this Act, all citizens shall have the right to information. 4 (1) Every public authority shall— (a) maintain all its records duly catalogued and indexed in a manner and the form which facilitates the right to information under this Act and ensure that all records that are appropriate to be computerized are, within a reasonable time and subject to availability of resources, computerized and connected through a network all over the country on different systems so that access to such records is facilitated;
As per PRESIDENTIAL ORDER of 1960,
11.Language of Acts, Bills, etc. –
(a) The Committee has expressed the opinion that Parliamentary legislation may continue to be in English but an authorised translation should be provided in Hindi. The Ministry of Law may, in due course, initiate necessary legislation to provide for an authorised Hindi translation of Parliamentary legislation which may continue to be in English. Arrangements may be made by the Ministry of Law also for providing translations of Parliamentary legislation into the regional languages.
(b) The Committee has expressed the opinion that where the original text of Bills introduced in or Acts passed by the State legislature is in language other than Hindi, a Hindi translation may be published with it besides an English translation as provided in clause (3) of article 348.
In due course, legislation may be initiated for the publication of a Hindi translation of State Bills, Acts, and other statutory instruments, along with the text in the official language of the State.
As per THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE RESOLUTION, 1968.
The following Government Resolution, as adopted by both Houses of Parliament, is hereby published for general information:-
“WHEREAS under article 343 of the Constitution, Hindi shall be the official language of the Union, and under article 351 thereof it is the duty of the Union to promote the spread of the Hindi Language and to develop it so that it may serve as a medium of __expression for all the elements of the composite culture of India;
This House resolves that a more intensive and comprehensive programme shall be prepared and implemented by the Government of India for accelerating the spread and development of Hindi and its progressive use for the various official purposes of the Union and an annual assessment report giving details of the measures taken and the progress achieved shall be laid on the Table of both Houses of Parliament and sent to all State Governments;
2. WHEREAS the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution specifies 14 major languages of India besides Hindi, and it is necessary in the interest of the educational and cultural advancement of the country that concerted measures should be taken for the full development of these languages;
The House resolves that a programme shall be prepared and implemented by the Government of India, in collaboration with the State Governments for the coordinated development of all these languages, alongside Hindi so that they grow rapidly in richness and become effective means of communicating modern knowledge;
3. WHEREAS it is necessary for promoting the sense of unity and facilitating communication between people in different parts of the country that effective steps should be taken for implementing fully in all States the three-language formula evolved by the Government of India in consultation with the State Government;
This House resolves that arrangements should be made in accordance with that formula for the study of a modern Indian language, preferably one of the Southern languages, apart from Hindi and English in the Hindi speaking areas and of Hindi along with the regional languages and English in the non-Hindi speaking areas;
We all sincerely request you to get involved in this through your Ministry and help all of us to get this achieved for the benefit of upholding the Social Justice and Empowerment of Minorities in INDIA. I hope you will help us in this. We further request you to help in writing a letter to respective Ministeries to get this done. If you need any additonal information, we will be able to provide you. Expecting early reply from all of you. Thanks Sincerely V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA. Founder and Moderator INDIA RTI and eGovINDIA. CONTACT:
[The Convener of E KAVI Human Rights Committee; Former HR Head in Several Corporations; Worked in different types of economy/Service like Central Government Public Sector, Private Sector Multinational, NGO and Military]