RTI Empowers Citizen to Question Misuses to hasten Development Process: Dr. Begi.
Publish Date : 04/02/2020
Aalo 29th Jan: – A day long Awareness Workshop on RTI Act attended by PIOs, APIOs, HODs, GBs, NGOs, teachers and students was held at Gumin Kiin today.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. Joram Begi Arunachal Pradesh Chief Information Commissioner said that RTI Act is an essential tool to check corruption that hinders development and it empowers every citizen to question about use of govt. funding on developmental fronts as enshrined in its act which consists of 6 chapters and 31 sections. Citizen and RTI activists ought to know about the act in detail and awareness workshops have been carried out in many districts of the state so that the act is properly implemented in its true spirit. He exhorted the PIOs and APIOs for timely responses to information seekers in categorizing, indexing and proactive disclosures to avoid notices and penalties. He also asked the RTI activists to make good use of the powers under the act to bring in a culture of transparency and accountability of every public authority than to misuse it.
Dwelling elaborately on Section 6, 7,8,19 and 20, Shri Leiki Phuntso APIC stressed on appointment PIOs, APIOs in every department and proper display of names so that information seekers do not find problems in locating them and officers in turn should help the activists in filling the form to sort out the communication gap that exists. RTI filed should be specific and authentic than Seeking voluminous information at the cost of state exchequer.
Shri Goto Ete, APIC laid thread barely on Information exempted from disclosure, Right to information vis-a-vis other acts , transfer of application, supply of information, part information by severance, first appeal, appeal in relation to third party information, time limit for appeal, time limit for disposal of appeal and other legal implications under the Act.
The DC West Siang Smti Swetika Sachan and APIO Smti Binti Mibang highlighted the objective behind conducting the Workshop. In the interactive session PIOs, APIOs and other participants also raised their doubts for clarifications from the Resource Persons.