City anchor: Social media tunes in to RTI song for villagers
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A social worker's catchy idea of taking the RTI to the doorstep of rural people through a song based on a folk tune is making waves on blogs and the social media.
The four-minute song asks villagers to use the RTI to pave the way for an informed citizenry to ensure transparency and strengthen the fabric of democracy.
The song, composed and sung by Raju Inamdar, a 38-year-old artiste and social worker from Purandar taluka of Pune district, is part of an audio CD released by NGO Masoom to raise awareness on the institution of local-self governing bodies.
A Google group on RTI, initiated by Additional Collector and Director, Centre for Right to Information at YASHADA, Pralhad Kachare, has hosted the song that is now receiving appreciation from netizens.
"The song is appealing indeed. It catches the pulse of people, especially that of rural community since it communicates with them in their own language. We at YASHADA are looking to maximize the use of such songs that directly relate to the rural population," Kachare told Newsline on Friday.
The song, which starts with a brief introduction on the procedure of filing RTI applications and general benefits of the RTI Act, terms the RTI as a right that would enrich the lives of many. "Developmental works like construction of roads and digging of wells should not remain on paper. You have to monitor the work and also the spending on it, through RTI," the song asks of villagers.
Inamdar, who is associated with several governing bodies and NGOs, said he could write appealing lyrics for the song. He said he was aware of the lack of knowledge about RTI in rural areas.
"I have been witnessing working of democratic institutions in rural parts for the last two decades as a social activist. The government comes out with several welfare schemes for rural population, but the real beneficiaries are often deprived from its actual benefits. The RTI Act can surely bring in the desired social change. This very concern of mine has reflected in the song lyrics," the artist said.
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