The Chennai Right To Information Initiative is exactly the kind of grassroots effort that we need in India. They are targetting the right group of people - College Students & Young Professionals. And I am glad to see Guru stepping up with this.
I always get fascinated by the Freedom of Information Act in the US and how it helps citizens get information which government officials dont (or more appropriately wont) disclose. I have seen so many instances on how this act has helped reveal potentially embarrassing information about the government policies and actions.
I didn't know until today that India also has a similar act called Right To Information Act, passed just last October. I went through the RTI Portal and it seemed the act has all the provisions for escalation if local department Public Information Officers (PIO) deny you the information.
I wish I could be part of this campaign. I would encourage everyone in Chennai (or anywhere in TN) not only to join this campaign but also to educate your friends and family about RTI and how anyone can use it.