“Right to Information Act is a powerful weapon and it should not be abused or misused”, said Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Nagaland, P Talitemjen IAS while speaking as the resource person at the one day seminar on Right to Information Act organized by Eastern Naga Women Organization (ENWO) Dimapur on Friday at Anaki, Dimapur.
The former Chief Secretary also pointed out that government is for transparency and accountability towards the public which is why the need for RTI was necessitated. The seminar was attended by more than 200 women from six tribes of Eastern Nagaland and other delegates.
Elaborating on the RTI act, the resource person stated that the right was for everyone. Pointing out that the President and Governor were immune under IPC, Cr PC however it was not so under RTI. He explained about Section 3 of the act which empowered any citizen to derive any sort of information from any department except some departments like Defense, CBI etc. while in Section 4 of the act stated that any information asked have to be given. The CIC also enlightened the gathering about the procedures on how to go about and file the application and various sections attached with it. He further clarified that the RTI act precedes all other acts incase of conflict including the Official Secrets Act under certain conditions.
The former Chief Secretary also informed that the Administrative Training Institute (ATI) was deputed to train government officials on the act and process is going on to translate the act into all the languages of the sixteen tribes of Nagaland.
Meanwhile on interacting with Nagaland Post, the CIC stated that the act was made on the basis of, freedom of speech under Article 19. He also clarified on asking that the RTI does not come under 371 (A). He stated, “It (RTI) is a part of good governance and also a civic right”.
Earlier, Advocate, Kohima bench, Gauhati High Court, Bonu Yhoshü enlightened the gathering on women empowerment. Advisor, ENWO, Nyathai delivered the welcome address while a special number was presented by Chang group. Sangtamtilla, Tsitrongse and Mürüse village presented a cultural song along with Yimchungrü group.