The Right to Information Act passed by the Indian Parliament has led to increased transparency and accountability in the government. More and more people are now aware of their rights and entitlements, and this is the pre-requisite to demanding those rights and entitlements. Not all people, however, know, what has been set aside for them – and this is particularly true of the poorest of people in the remotest of remote locations. A European Union funded programme with 14 projects is now assisting Indian organisations to take this message and the information back to as many as 20 million people.
Started in January 2014 with EU support of €12.2million (Rs. 100 crores), this portfolio of 14 projects involves nearly 70 non-government organisations, are reaching out directly to people from 20 states, 60 BRGF Backward Region Grant Fund) districts, 100 blocks, 1,000 gram panchayats, 2,500 villages, one million households and 5 million people.
This year, a three-day EU Info Access Partners Exposure Visit and Review Workshop was held in Ahmedabad and co –organised by UNNATI, GLRA and AKRSP. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the update on the progress made by individual projects, reflect on midterm review findings; share efforts made to strengthen coordination mechanism among partners; discuss how key cross-cutting issues like gender, disability, HIV, SCs and STs, among others, have been mainstreamed; share methodology, tools, visibility initiatives; and discuss the future action plan .