State Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Talitemjen Ao impressed upon the Public Information Officers (PIOs) and Assistant Public Information Officers (APIOs) of Public authority to equip with Right to Information Act to ensure that they provide as much information to the public in accordance with provisions of the Act. He said PIOs and APIOs played a vital role in providing information to those who seek information and render assistance to persons seeking such information under the Act. He was addressing the PIOs/APIOs and Head of Offices of Mokokchung district in the DC’s conference hall on November 9.
The former Chief Secretary, Nagaland stressed that all PIOs/APIOs were liable to be penalized and called upon them to be well versed with the Act. Referring to the importance of training of PIOs and APIOs, the CIC said there are about 1000 PIOs in the state, however only 350 to 400 PIOs and APIOs received training.
Responding to suggestions put forward by Watsu Mungdang leaders on importance of sensitizing and creating awareness to citizens, CIC admitted that there was an urgent need to sensitize the citizens and suggested that DC should have frequent interaction with leaders of NGOs on the subject. He also suggested that not only Watsu Mungdang, the Ao Students conference should play a role to educate the public on RTI Act.