Public Concern for Governance Trust in association with Department of Political Science – V. G. Vaze College of Arts, Science & Commerce Autonomous invites candidates about a Webinar on Transparency in Governance with Special Reference to RTI.
Date: 4 Nov 2020
Time: 6 Pm to 7 Pm
Mr. Shailesh Gandhi is a first-generation entrepreneur and a Distinguished Alumnus awardee of IIT Bombay. He sold his company to become an RTI activist. Shailesh was part of the National RTI movement which was involved in drafting the National Act.
He was the convener of the National Campaign for People’s Right To Information. He has used RTI and also trained many citizens and government officials in over 1000 workshops to use it. The only RTI activist to have been chosen as a Central Information Commissioner, he disposed a record of over 20000 cases in 3 years and 9 months and ensured that most cases were decided in less than 90 days.
He gave many landmark decisions on RTI, apart from organizing the first digital paperless office in the Commission. He is passionately pursuing the cause of evolving ways for a time-bound justice delivery system and improving governance systems. Amongst many awards, he has been awarded the Nani Palkhiwala Civil Liberties Award, the MR Pai Award, and the Narayan Varma Memorial Award. He has published a book: RTI Act- authentic interpretation of the Statute and a paper critiquing Supreme Court judgments on RTI.
About the Organiser
PCGT came into existence in the year 2002 when good and straight-forward officers were being humiliated by the political leadership. Two of our future trustees, Dr. R. K. Anand and Mr. Dara Gandhy, filed a PIL against the proposed transfer of an upright I.P.S. officer. They succeeded in the Bombay High Court.
The idea of taking up cudgels on behalf of good and honest officers and target corruption as the main cause for the choices of the politicians was born.
Interested candidates can register via this page.