Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Activities (2007-08)
Short Films on RTI Act
At the behest of the Odisha Information Commission, Odisha Remote Sensing Application Centre (ORSAC), Bhubaneswar selected ten scripts to be prepared as short films on the subject of effect of the Right to Information Act, 2005 in the matter of getting information on implementation of various Government schemes. ORSAC has entrusted 6 producers to prepare the films. The cost of the episodes will be borne by ORSAC.
Organization of Workshops of Artists
An amount of Rs.27, 000/- was placed by the State Commission with the Odisha Lalit Kala Academy, Bhubaneswar to organize All Odisha Artists’ camp, Seminars and Exhibitions on the theme of the RTI Act, 2005. The seminar and camp was inaugurated by Prof. Radhamohan, former State Information Commissioner on August 5, 2007 at Dhauli College of Art and Craft, Bhubaneswar.
30 students from different Art Colleges in the State had participated in the camp. Their paintings drawn during the camp were displayed on 6.8.07 in the exhibition for public viewing at the Sanskruti Bhawan, Bhubaneswar.
Efforts to Enlighten the Tribal People
Most of the tribal people need to be sensitized about their own rights and responsibilities as well as Government
Welfare programmes. In that respect the RTI Act, 2005 is a vital instrument for upliftment of their livelihood. As the tribal people belong to different language groups having own spoken languages, it was decided by the State Commission to render the Right to Information Act,2005 related Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs) into different major tribal languages enabling smooth access to various provisions of the Act and the Odisha Rules framed thereunder.
The districts in which the major 8 tribal languages are mostly spoken are indicated below:
Keeping this in view, the State Commission placed Rs. 5, 94,000/-with the Director, Academy of Tribal Dialects and Culture, Odisha, Bhubaneswar for rendering FAQs on RTI from Oriya into eight tribal languages (Santali, Sadri, Munda, Kui, Kuvi, Koya, Saora and Desia) awareness generation training to tribal secular Head, community mobilizer, magico Religios specialist etc. on the RTI Act,2005, organization of Tribal Mahasava of tribal
communities for providing orientation to community leaders, training to tribal students, non-student educated tribal youths, tribal associated with Joint Forest Management Society, Community Forest Management Society etc.
The State Commission has also placed Rs. 2, 67,000/- with the Director, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Research and Training Institute (SCSTRTI), Bhubaneswar to hold two day Orientation and Training Programmes on RTI Act,2005 for different stakeholders working in the tribal pockets of the State to make them conversant with the provisions of the Act.
Government officials like District Welfare officers, Assistant District Welfare Officers. Project Administrator of ITDAs, Headmasters of Higher Secondary Schools including the EMRs under SSD Department, PRI members, Panchayat Samiti Chairman of all the 118 Tribal Development Blocks, NGO personnel working in tribal pockets, Presidents of women SHG Groups, MLAs belonging SC/ST category etc. are intended to be enlightened about the provisions of the Act.