Use Law to Make a Difference in How the Country is Governed
The time for cleaning up the economic environment and improved delivery of public service has come. There is a wave already, and government machinery is actively at work. However, there are areas which are hidden from view.
There is an opportunity for us, as budding lawyers, to join the wave and do our bit in identifying the hidden areas, discovering crucial bits of missing information, and plugging the gaps.
iPleaders, working on access to justice, and OnlineRTI, committed to transparency and accountability through use of RTI are announcing this competition with the objective of bringing in the next level of transparency in the system.
We want young Indian lawyers to do their bit.
Last Date for sending RTI entries: 31st January, 2017:
*Every participant can send more than one RTI entry
Last Date for sending RTI responses: 15th March, 2017
Last Date for submitting article: 10th April, 2017
Result Announcement: 15th April, 2017
The Indian Transparency Competition for Young Lawyers,2017 is open only to law students pursuing three year and five year law courses at law schools in India.
There is NO entry fee.
Why should you enter?
Identify important areas where information is needed and bring transparency in administration. If you do this consistently, you can start developing expertise in an area of law and provide niche consultancy around it.
Get hands-on experience in drafting the RTI. Use OnlineRTI’s platform to send it at discounted rates or
Use the information in your research
Use it with interviewers to demonstrate that you can identify issues and extract information about how the system works
Identify areas where you need to pursue litigation or PILs to ensure smoother functioning of the administration or justice delivery
Details of Competition
Participants have to file an RTI with one public department. Make sure your RTI provides information which is relevant for a section of the people.
It should be able to provide some future points of action for people affected by the issue or for professionals supporting people in moving forward.
You can send more than one entry for the competition. For this, every participant is allowed to file more than one RTI. You can file your RTI through OnlineRTI.com
OnlineRTI will take care of paying RTI fees, using correct form and posting the application.
You need to ensure that RTI is drafted properly and addressed to correct government office. You can go through the resources to understand about correct way of drafting your RTI application.
You will get access to a FREE RTI course by iPleaders to train you on basic aspects of RTI filing and drafting.
At the end of the course, you will have to take a quiz. On completing it, you will receive Completion Certificate for the RTI Course by iPleaders.
Evaluation Process/ Scoring Criteria
Equal weightage will be given to the following –
Quality of RTI and RTI response – scale of 1-10
Relevance of matter – scale of 1-10
Quality of Article – scale of 1-10
Best Entry Prize: Rs. 15,000/-
1st Runner Up: Rs. 10,000/-
2nd Runner Up: Rs. 5,000/-
All participants completing RTI course will receive Completion Certificates
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