NLIU’s Legal Aid Clinic conducts its first workshop under its #TheLegalLiterate initiative



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The Legal Aid Clinic of the National Law Institute University, Bhopal, which has started functioning since last year, aims to spread legal awareness among the masses through social media, online blog forums and print media. 

This year, the Legal Aid Clinic has kick-started its #TheLegalLiterate initiative, under which it aims to educate the public with regard to developments in the legal field, which are of such nature that they ought to be known by the masses in order to stay immune to prevailing unethical and illegal practices surrounding them. The Legal Aid Clinic, through social media, aims to update the public about legal developments through snippets, which put forward the aforesaid updates in one-liners to make it easily comprehendible for the public. In addition to this, the Legal Aid Clinic publishes short stories, with underlying legal values as moral values and put forward legal aspects concerning the basic spheres surrounding a the day to day life of an individual.

This Thursday, the Legal Aid Clinic conducted its first workshop at Delhi Public School, Bhopal, on Right to Information, in which students were made aware of what RTI is, why and when should one resort to filing an RTI and the procedure involved in filing an RTI.

The following can be summarised as key takeaways from the session:
Why file an RTI?
·         To secure access to information under the control of public authorities
·         To promote transparency and ensure accountability thereby achieving effective functioning of the Democracy.
·         To contain corruption and provide for the regulatory mechanism

What is RTI?
·         Right to information means any information under the control of any public authority.
It includes right to:
·         Inspection of work, documents and records.
·         Taking notes, extracts or certified copies of documents or records.
·         Taking certified samples of materials.
·         Obtaining information in any electronic form or through print outs.

Where to file an RTI?
·         At Public Information Office appointed by Public Authority.
·         PIO are the officers designated as such by the public authority for the purposes of RTI
·         Public Authority [S.2(h)] means:
Any authority, body, institution established by or under the constitution or by any other law and includes any body owns, controlled or substantially financed by the government
.
Steps involved in drafting an RTI:
·         Be specific about the information sought.
·         Avoid using technical jargon or slangs. (For e.g. Gazebo)
·         Language should be simple and clear.
·         Do not use vague or ambiguous words. (For e.g. Library vis-à-vis GyanMandir)
·         Use relevant case law pertaining to the information sought to add strength to your application.
·         Cannot ask the intention but restrict yourself only to documents.

All in all the session was a fruitful one, and the students of DPS Bhopal were well acquainted with the principles and procedures involved in the filing of an RTI in India, and the Legal Aid Clinic succeeded in its aim of making the students legally literate with regard to filing an RTI.  

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