Chronology of events relating to RTI (12/94-5/99)

Chronology of events relating to the Right to Information

December 1994

2nd First Public Hearing in Kot Kirana, Raipur tehsil, Pali district. by MKSS

7th Second Public Hearing in Bhim, Bhim tehsil, Rajasamand

district. by MKSS

17th Third Public Hearing in Vijaypura, Devgarh tehsil, district Rajasamand by MKSS.

January 1995

7th .                                          Fourth Public Hearing in Jawaja, Ajmer District by MKSS

30th Presentation of Public Hearing Findings to ML Mehta. by MKSS

February Presentation of Public Hearing findings to Sh. Yugandhar, Sec. Rural Development GOI by MKSS


5th CM, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat announces in the State Assembly that people of Rajasthan will be granted the right to informaiton so that they can obtain copies of documents, including details of development expenditure of last five years of Panchayati Raj bodies He also added that this will help in recovering money that has be defrauded from the panchayats. He also stated that a special agency will be set up to look into the corruption cases that will be exposed through this right.

25th Public Hearing in Thana, Mandal block, Bhilwara. organised by a Sarpanch who is also an MKSS activist. Blocklevel officers attend the hearing for the first time.


25th Rajasthan State level Convention on the Right to Information in Beawar, demanding that an order be issued on the CM’s statement in the State Assembly in April 1995. K R Venugopal, former Secretary PMO chief speaker in the meeting.


6-7th National Meeting in the LB Shastri Academy of Administration in Mussourie. The Academy gives a commitment on the issue.


5th April One year after CM’s announcement in the State Assembly a  forty day dharna begins in Beawar, by the MKSS, demanding an executive order on the CM’s announcement on the Right to Information.

6th April Government issues an incomplete order, giving the only right to inspection of records including bills, vouchers and muster rolls and not  the right to obtain copies of records. MKSS rejects the order and fights for right to obtain copies of documents. Dharna continues. Dharna supported by Nikhil Chakravorty, Kuldip Nayyar, Swami Agnivesh, Medha Patkar, Prabhash Joshi, Harsh Mander, Khairnar etc.

6th May Dharna simultaneously begins in Jaipur with the support of all groups from all over the State.

16th May Dharna lifted with the decision of the Government of setting up a committee under arun Kumar, Addl. Chief Sec. for looking at the possibility of grantng copies of documents to the people under Panchayati Raj.

20th July MKSS Jan Sunwai in Beawar on corruption in Ajmer, Rajasamand and Bhilwara attended by media persons from Delhi.

21st – 22nd July Meeting in Jaipur on the right to information called by the Pink City Press Club. Participants CM, Justice Sawant of Press Council of India, Journalist unions, senior activists etc.

1st August National Campaign of People’s Right to Information formed in Delhi  with a core group of senior media persons, lawyers, actvists and environmetalists.

10th August Press Council of India holds a high powered meeting on the right to information with the participation of former Prime Minister VP Singh, Chief Ministers, Attorney General and other legal Luminaries,  Media Persons, Activists etc. Formation of core to draft to bill on the right to  information..

30th August Arun Kumar Committee report submitted to Government. Report in favour of giving copies at Panchayat level. Report made secret.

Right to Information order issued by the Bilaspur ( MP) Divisional Commissioner on the PDS. Till April 1997 Bilaspur DC issues six  orders

25th September Jan Sunwai in Alwar, village SareKhurd, on the issue of forcible sale of land of farmers to RIICO and Kedia organised by BGVS, Rajasthan


30th September Press Council of India finalises draft bill for a central legislation on the right to information and submits to PM and sent to all CMs.

2nd October Jan Sunwai  in Bilaspur district,  Madhya Pradesh by BGVS MP on the use of the first right to Information order issued by the Divisional commissioner.

October – November              Campaign reaches Madras, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Meetings organised with NCPRI representatives.

Decmber  24th State level meeting on the right to information.


February 17-19                        Divisional Level dharna begins from  Ajmer division in Rajasthan  organised by the NCPRI ( Raj.) demanding the right to obtain copies of records for all construction works and PDS.

April    15-17                           Divisional Level dharna at Kota for three days.

April    17th Tamil Nadu State has a Right to Information law.

HD Shourie Committee on the Freedom of  information submits its draft bill and report to the UF Government.

May 5-7                                   Divisional level dharna at Udaipur

May 19- 21                              Divisional level dharna at Bikaner

May 23-24                               Divisional level at Jodhpur

May 26th State level dharna begins in Jaipur.  Dharna continues for 53 days.

June 8th Ghotala Rath Yatra begins in Jaipur

July 13th Dy. CM announces that the RTI was granted on  Dec 30th in the Panchayati Raj Act rules 1996. (More than fifty departments issued an order ont he right to information.

July 15th Dharna lifted with the position that RTI was granted in Panchayati Raj only on the day of the announcement on 13th July.

July 30th MP cabinet takes a decision to make all its departments transparent and grant the people the right to Information

Goa Act passed in July and then amended in December

August 24-25                          State level meeting on the right to information, organised by NCPRI  on the use of the right granted in Panchayati Raj Rules. Even on applying nobody in the state had received the information.  .

September 8th                         Chief Secretary issues instructions directing administration to implement this right in Panchayati Raj.


January  9th JanSunwai in Kukar kheda, Bhim tehsil by the MKSS. Sarpanch Basanta Devi returns fifty thpusand ruppees of the 100,000 embezzeled by the panchayat on Development works. Promises to return the rest in the next two months.

Januray 19th Surajpura, ( Jawaja ) JanSunwai . Six sarpanches participated Sarpanch Rawatmaal returns 1,47,000 Rs. and Sarpanch Surajpura returns 1,16,000 Rs. VP Singh also participated

February                                  MKSS makes RTI an election issue in lok sabha election

April                                        Rajasthan Mazdoor Kisan Morcha activists beaten up by Sarpanch, Harmara for asking information on Development works.

April 24th MP State Assembly passes a bill on the right to information. Todate the bill is awaiting President’s ascent.

July 4th Big rally by Rajasthan Mazdoor Kisan Morcha activsts in Kishangarh, as they were denied information from the Harmara panchayat inspite of going 53 times to the BDO office, Panchayat and the collector.

July 20th MKSS gherao the SDO office in Bhim as Sarpanch Basanta Devi of Kukarkheda withdraws the amount she had deposited at the insatnce of the CEO of Rajasamand.

October ( 1-20th )                    Urban Development Minister \, Ram Jethmalani’s attempt to enforce transparency in his ministry is revoked by the Prime Minster’s Secretariat.

November                               Right to Information made into an State Assembly election issue by the MKSS.

December                                Ghotola  Rath yatra taken out for a week in Delhi along with a play on the RTI. to lobby with the Vajpayee Government to initiate a public debate on the contents of the proposed RTI bill. Meeting with MP’s and Presiden in Delhi.


January 11th NCPRI delegation meets new Rajasthan CM and CM asks Prof. VS Vyas to set up a committee headed by him as his ( CM’s ) advisory group on the right to information

March 26th Government issues notification constituting a committee of eight Secretaries under the Chairmanship of PN Bhandari, IAS, on the right to information. Vyas is also a member. Vyas refuses to be member.

March 29th NCPRI Delegation meets CM demanding that the committee must have public representatives and Academics movement activists and citizens. CM refuses to change committee members but ensures that the voice of the public will be heard by the committee

April 6th RTI committee issues notice in all newspapers asking the public to send suggestions on the right to information.

April 12th MKSS and NCPRI delegation meets the committee. Committee says that a law cannot be made by the State GOvernment as RTI falls in the central list. They quote Soli Sorabjee, Attorney General, to this effect. They ask NCPRI to prepare a draft executive order.

April 19th NCPRI ( Raj ) agrees and decides to conduct meetings all over the State and then present a draft executive orderr on the 7th June.

May 5th NCPRI ( Raj)  Prepars draft order and gives to PN Bhandari for comments. Comments of Goverment enclosed.

May 23rd Meeting in Bikaner on the draft executive order.

May 24th Meeting in Jodhpur.

May 26th Meeting in Udaipur

May 27th Meeting in Ajmer

May 28th Meeting in Kota

May 30th Meeting in Jaipur.

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