In first year of the project, RTI support group participated in various social audits in Rajasthan (Valota Panchayat, Dungarpur district; Girwar Panchayat , Sirohi district), Orrisa (Budidhar Panchayat, Kalahandi district) and Uttar Pradesh (Hardoi district). They also successfully conducted the Padyatra at various places in Rajasthan for the awareness of RTI and NREGA.
RTI Support Group (RSG), Jaipur, worked in association with the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, the organisation that spearheaded the RTI movement in the state. It helped independently in spreading awareness on this important right, which already existed at the state level, since 2001. It has been a constant endeavor of the RSG to disseminate information regarding RTI and the NREGA through parchas, manuals, easy-to-read primers and visual CDs that simplify the law to the layperson.
RSG has also played a pivotal role in the formation of the Rajasthan Election Watch, which carried out the compilation and analysis of the affidavits (containing disclosure of the assets, liabilities and criminal background) of all candidates who stood for the Lok Sabha elections in 2004 and put the results in front of people in villages to make an informed choice about the candidates.
RSG also conducted a series of social audits (both post-facto and concurrent) of the development works done by panchayats and more recently, of works under the NREGA in many districts of Rajasthan. This results of the social audits are presented at a large public hearing (jan sunwai) where the labourers or beneficiaries villagers present their testimonies in front of the local elected representatives, administration and a cross-section of civil society.
RSG participated in the intensive nationwide “Drive Against Bribe” campaign between July 1st - 15th 2006, by putting up a kiosk for the 15-day period outside the Collectorate and the Jaipur Development Authority to inform and help people filing of RTI applications or clarify doubts regarding the Act.