Activists force Govt. to correct mistakes in Hindi edition of RTI Act

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 07, 2012 10:41 hrs

Mistakes in the Hindi version of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 put up on the Central Government's RTI portal, were finally rectified after eight years of pushing the department concerned.

RTI activist Commodore (retd) Lokesh Batra, who pointed out 34 mistakes, said the corrected version of the RTI Act was updated on the website on November 2.

It is not only an RTI success story but also herculean efforts of an RTI Activist to push officials of PMO, DoPT and Law Ministry to get the result.

It took Commodore Batra 15 months to move the government to find out the 34 mistakes.

"I sent emails-letters to the Central Information Commission and the Prime Minister," he said.

I filed many RTIs and in between, went to CIC hearings and orders," he said, adding that it took another 40 months for the Centre to put up the corrected version.

In his mail to Prime Minister on 10 April 2008 Batra had proposed: "This is a serious mistake and needs immediate correction. Hindi speaking States can make full use of this mistake to their advantage. Sir, I request someone in Government should immediately go thru the translated Hindi version of the RTI Act 2005 to ensure that there are no more mistakes.

"In the meantime Government needs to issue notification to correct this mistake.

I have since written about it to CIC also on 03 April 2008. Sir, I am also placing this mail in Public Domain including media," he wrote. (ANI)

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