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RTI week observed across districts
Published on 13 Oct. 2009 12:20 AM IST
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Commemorating the RTI Week, a one-day workshop on RTI was held at DC’s Conference Hall, Kohima on October 12 with senior lecturer (computer) and state nodal officer (RTI), ATI, Nagaland Engineer Worhonthung Ezung as resource person. Giving an overview on the Right to Information Act, engineer Worhonthung Ezung said RTI was a tool to get information for public interest and can be utilized to contain corruption. He said the participation of citizens was very important for the success of the Act and said it was meant to bring about transparency and accountability. Ezung said RTI was not only a fundamental act but was also related to human rights. According to an official bulletin, the resource person further discussed on appeals, role of the PIOs/APIOs, disclosure of informations, time duration, information that are exempted from disclosure, penalty etc. PIOs/APIOs from various departments, representatives from villages, NGOs and the media attended the workshop, which was coordinated by EAC, Kohima, Khangyang Imlong. MON: Along with the rest of the country Mon too observed RTI week by organizing a seminar on RTI Act 2005 at DC’s conference hall, on October 8 with Deputy Commissioner Mon, Dinesh Kumar as chief guest. The chief guest in his introductory speech highlighted various successive stories on RTI Act in the country. The D.C urged the PIOs & APIOs to maintain a proper record and a separate on RTI to enable to furnish information easily in time whenever a citizen seeks information. He also asked the PIOs and APIOs to conduct awareness training to their respective staff on RTI Act. According to an official bulletin, the deputy commissioner also appealed to the NGOs and the gathering citizen not to seek information targeting to avenge a public authority individually, rather to seek information to maintain transparency and accountability in the working system of the government agencies. The resource persons were ADC headquarters Mon, Chumremo Odyuo, EAC (S), Mon, Moatemsu Sangtam and SDO (Civil) II, Mon, Mono Khiam. MOKOKCHUNG: The RTI week 2009 concluded in Mokokchung District with a grand finale of an Inter-School Higher Secondary Quiz competition on the RTI Act 2005 at the auditorium of Mayangnokcha Government Higher Secondary School (MGHSS). According to an official bulletin, the programme was moderated by SDO (C) Mokokchung, Kesonyu Yhome and the prizes were given away to the winners by the Principal (MGHSS), Roaienla. Altogether four Schools participated in this competition, with Temsuienla Changkire and Chubamaong Z. of Town Higher Secondary school bagging the 1st prize of Rs. 2000 and a certificate, followed by Imlibenla Pongen and Imlimanen Jamir of Jubilee Memorial School in 2nd place which carries a prize of Rs. 1000 and a certificate, the 3rd prize of Rs. 600 and a certificate goes to Rohan Rai and Imchashilu Longchar of Model Higher Secondary School while the consolation prize of Rs. 400 and a certificate goes to Imnasunep and Jangtsulong of MGHSS. WOKHA: Wokha district also observed the RTI week from October 6 to 12. Awareness programme for APIOs, PIOs and AAs was held on October 6 and for civil societies, churches, village councils, schools, colleges, NGOs and individuals on October 9 at DC conference hall. The RTI act in Lotha dialect was distributed on October 7 and 8 and for the conclusion, sensitization programme for the office of deputy commissioner Wokha was held on October 12.

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