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MAZDOOR KISAN SHAKTI SANGATHAN The MKSS was led by renown social activist and former IAS officer Aruna Roy and others MKSS began by attempting to understand root causes and reasons for the non-payment of wages to workers employed by the government on works under departments including the public works department. In the search for these reasons, the MKSS found that any information they asked for was denied to them Rampant Corruption amongst the departments They also found that the muster rolls of the departments also contained many names who were dead while some had left the village Ra . .
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.After a series of public hearings exposed systemic corruption across Rajasthan, on April 6th 1996, the MKSS announced a strike in the city of Beawar in Ajmer, Rajasthan. They began a historic forty-day-long dharna (sit in protest) to demand the Right to Information. .The protest began with support from over one hundred and fifty villages. It was supported by donations from these villages and individuals in Beawar The agitation in Beawar was one of the longest continuous protests of the RTI The agitation in Beawar was one of the longest continuous protests of the RT movement and it had a huge impact on the formation of the law and the campaign. . In 1996, after the dharna ended, the National Campaign for the People's Right to Information was launched
.Later that year, The NCPRI along with the Press Council of India drafted the first version of a Right to Information law in India. Finally on 23rd December 2004, UPA Government tabled the RTI Bill 2004, applicable only to the Union Government. The civil society was not happy with this. Most of the information required by the common man was from state governments. The bill did not serve the purpose of the common man. Some members of the National Advisory Council too were unhappy with this. After heavy lobbying by NCPRI and other organizations the Bill was finally passed by both the houses of parliament and the Right to Information Act, 2005 was passed with 150 amendments. Bill is now applicable to states also.
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