Right to Information Cell

The Special Cell for RTI established at the Academy during March 2004, to train the Public Information Officers and Appellate Authorities of public various offices in the state for effective implementation of Maharashtra Right to Information Act, 2002. The cell has taken up varied related activities and has been entrusted with national level responsibilities.


  • Organising training programmes, workshops and consultation meets related to RTI
  • Developing training modules and reading materials
  • Carrying out research and evaluation studies and documentation activities.

Responsibilities entrusted & fulfilled

National Implementing Agency
  • DoPT, Gol, declared YASHADA as the National Implementing Agency along with
  • CGG, Hyderabad
  • The Programme funded by UNDP for 'Capacity building for access to information' in 26 states and 2 UTs
  • Conducting training programmes for the Central Government officers.
State Implementing Agency
  • Carried out intensive capacity building and dissemination activities.
  • Produced audio CD on RTI songs, also booklet on select cases dealt by CIC Maharashtra.
  • Information about RTI Act is being translated in the tribas dialects of the Chandrapurand Nandurbar districts.
Maharashtra State Project
  • GoM entrusted responsibility of training APIOs/PIOs/AA from districts and officers from various Directorates and Departments of the State Secretariat.
  • 27,702 officers trained in last two years.
Ford Foundation Project
  • Ahmedanagar district selected for intensive capacity building and mass awareness activities.
  • 1400 Officers trained. Training programmes to be conducted for 1310 Grampanchayats on Gramasth Din.
Sponsored Programmes for PSUs
  • 42 programmes conducted for PSUs and other organisations
  • 4,787 officials covered in such programmes
  • Programmes conducted using special need specific one / two day modules.

Books and Articles Published

  • Handbook on Rightto Information (Marathi/English)
  • Template for the Publication under Sect.4 of the RTI Act (Marathi/English)
  • Users'Guide (Marathi/English)
  • Handbook on RTI with Tata MacGraw Hill, Delhi (English)
  • Handbook on RTI with Rajhans Prakashan, Pune (Marathi)
  • Table Calender-2007 (English)
  • Book titled - Tila Tila Dar Ughad (Marathi, containing radio programme contents)
  • Diary of State Resource Persons
  • Articles in various newspapers & magazines 30 (Marathi / English)
  • Dasha & Disha (Marathi)

Publications with CGG & under UNDP

  • A Manual for Public Authorities Information Officers & Appellate Authorities
  • The Right to Information Act 2005 : A guide for media
  • The Right to Information Act 2005: A guide for Civil Society Organisation
  • Annual Report of Information Commission : A guide
  • A Handbook for Trainers: The Right to Information Act, 2005

Awareness Programmes

Supported production of radio programmes and documentary films on RTI in 14 regional languages.