“The Right to Information (RTI) Act should not be used as a tool for blackmail,” said M.A. Ponnappa, Chairman, Karnataka Media Academy.

He was speaking as the chief guest at the two-day State-level seminar on ‘RTI and Media’ which began at Rani Bahaddur auditorium in Manasagangotri here yesterday.

Ponnappa pointed out that the media had got more strength after RTI Act was implemented as any issue could be probed and facts unearthed.

However, he advised that the Act should not be used to threaten politicians and burreaucrats. He added that 30 books would be brought out by the Academy to create awareness on RTI.

RTI better than bribe

Speaking on the occasion, Columnist Y.G. Muralidhar pointed out that RTI Act was better than bribe as it was more effective and meaningful.

He said that as Public Service Delivery Tracking System was in vogue in all government offices, all information and data should be well-protected.

Muralidhar added that RTI should be properly utilised without seeking information on absurd and weird matter.

Nonchalant scribes

Presenting his thoughts, senior Journalist Rishikesh Bahadur Desai of Bidar observed that scribes appeared nonchalant in utilisation of RTI Act.

“The rather impatient journalists, with an intention to obtain the news in a jiffy apprehensive of it being scooped by another newspaper, tend to ignore RTI Act. In reality, it is the former employees of a govt. department who mostly utlise RTI Act,” opined Desai. N.A.M. Ismail, a scribe from Bangalore, sought technical improvement in RTI Act. JSS Women’s College HoD of Journalism Bhargavi Hemmige opined RTI Act should be made a part of the curriculum.

CESC General Manager K.M. Gayatri, scribe K.V. Srinivasa and others spoke.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore