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RTI training in Kohima, Dimapur

DC Dimapur, Moangwati Aier addressing PIOs and APIOs at the two day training on RTI at Circuit House on Wednesday. (SDIO Dimapur)
NPN: Dimapur, 31 Jul 2008
Published on 1 Aug. 2008 12:28 AM IST
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Training on Right to Information Act, 2005 was conducted at Dimapur and Kohima. In Dimapur district administration organized a two day Training on Right to Information Act, 2005 for PIOs and APIOs under Dimapur district at Circuit House today, July 31.
Deputy Commissioner Dimapur, Maongwati Aier in his inaugural speech said, with the introduction of Right to Information Act citizens of India were no longer isolated in the making of Government policy. He said that Public Authorities (PAs) like parliamentarians, judiciary and bureaucrats were answerable to the public through RTI and E-governance. Public Information Officers (PIOs) and Assistant Public Information Officers needed to build a bridge between the Government and its citizens by exhibiting transparency while executing their duties.
While speaking on the responsibility of PIOs and APIOs he said that they should issue right information to citizens within forty eight hours if it concerned his life and liberty, while any normal information needed by a public should be furnished within thirty days of submission of the application. He also cautioned the responsible officers that some penalties could be imposed under RTI if the officers fail to provide right information or delay information to the applicant. Concept, philosophy and salient features of RTI Act 2005 was delivered by SDO (S) PHED, Yanger Pongen, obligations of public authorities by DC, Taxes, Y. Mhathung Murry, role of PIOs and APIOs by A.C, Excise P. Tako Jamir.
Meanwhile, training on RTI was also conducted at Kohima. Chief Information Commissioner P. Talitemjen said one should equip themselves "with RTI Act to avoid embarrassment in the last moment". Speaking at the valedictory function of a 3 day RTI training course on July 30 at ATI Kohima, Talitemjen emphasised that need of transparency and good governance has brought in the special Act and public authorities were the servants and citizens the rulers adding that record maintenance was so important - to make available necessary information whenever sought.
He informed that in Nagaland only 54 departments had so far disclosed its information while some departments were yet to appoint appellate authority, public information officer and assistant public information officer. He also said that delaying to appoint the information officers, the head of the department would be held responsible, as per RTI Act 2005. CIC was accompanied by two Information Commissioners, Rev. Dr. Pongsing and Dr. Kuhoi Zhimomi.
The three day course included classification of information, disclosure procedures, powers and functions of PIOs and APIOs, preparation of 17 manuals and Audit of proactive disclosure by public authorities etc. The training also included case studies and group activities to familarise with the practical aspects of RTI. The Course Co-ordinator Worhonthung Ezung also distributed feedback-sheets for improvement of the ATI.
Earlier P. Singsit, DIG (Range) Kohima spoke on behalf of the trainees and vote of thanks was pronounced by Research Officer, Census, R. N. Chhipa. The programme was chaired by Additional Director ATI, Lithrongla G. Chishi.

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