A sensitization programme on Right to Information (RTI) act under the theme, “Capacity building for access to information” conducted by the Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) in collaboration with district administration at Tourist lodge Dimapur on Saturday.
The resource persons for the programme were DNSU president Solomon L.Awomi and NIDC manager (legal) K.Nakhro who spoke on the topics ‘Concept, history, philosophy and salient features of RTI act 2005’ and ‘appeals and penalties’ respectively.
DNSU president Solomon L. Awomi stated that the programme was organized to enforce students on the RTI act. Solomon speaking to the participants said that the RTI is the vital right of every citizen to question the government for transparency and accountability.
And the freehand to question the governing authorities is given by the RTI which the citizens must be aware and should benefit from it. DNSU president also enlightened the participants on the features and history of RTI act.
NIDC manager (legal) K.Nakhro speaking on ‘appeals and penalties of RTI’ elucidated on the procedures to seek and file RTI, public authorities who can be approached to appeal for RTI and various penalties that is enforced when RTI is denied or flouted.
Speaking on the importance of RTI, Nakhro said that in order to have a vibrant democracy, information should be passed on to citizens freely and the citizens should understand the importance of RTI and avail the opportunities.
The sensitization programme was attended by around 55 students and members of GB union Dimapur.
Earlier the programme started with invocation by GB union Dimapur chairman I.Pangjung, welcome address was given by general secretary DNSU Mangyang Jamir, the session was summed up by member of Ao Students’ Union Dimapur Takutoshi and the vote of thanks was given by secretary debate and symposium DNSU Kambuiga Dangmei.