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Citizens not aware of RTI: DC Dmu
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, OCT 11 (NPN):
Published on 12 Oct. 2010 12:50 AM IST
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Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur Maongwati Aier on Monday said that most of the people in Nagaland were not aware of the benefits of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, owing to which they were not utilizing the tool.
The DC was speaking as chief guest at the RTI week programme being observed from October 5 to 12, Circuit House Dimapur.
“Dissemination is lacking in Nagaland and out of 204 villages in Dimapur, the poor citizens are ignorant of RTI Act,” the DC said after observing the poor response from the participants at the programme. Pointing out that the RTI Act was the most important tool all over the country, especially in Dimapur, he said people would come forward if the act could be disseminated in a proper way.
For this, he encouraged the gathering to make use of the “wonderful tool” to make the government accountable and transparent. The DC asserted that once the people start to utilize the act, the road conditions, communication and health sector in the state would be improved.
Stating that RTI disclosure- supervision and functioning of the department was an integral part of good governance, he asked the Public Information Officers (PIOs) and Assistant Public Information Officers (APIOs) to keep ready the records and documents well in advance through computerization.
Assistant commissioner excise department, Dimapur, Taku Jamir who spoke on the topic “RTI and role of citizen” said RTI act was the only source where the citizen could take part in the affairs of the state. He said that the citizens by asking for information were making the government more accountable and transparent. He further urged the citizens to come forward and get involved in using the RTI act.
Hukato Chishi ACF (Forest), presented a power presentation on ‘RTI and Good Governance.’
Earlier, the programme was chaired by Lipokmeren Imchen DIO (NIC) and vote of thanks proposed by Mhalo Humtsoe EAC (P). It may be mentioned that the RTI Act came into being in the country in 2004 and in Dimapur it was launched in 2005.
Under the RTI Act, citizens/volunteers can:
• Demand from the government information pertaining to any issue of its department
•Demand photocopies of government contracts, payments, estimates, measurements of engineering works, etc.
• Demand from the government certified samples of materials being used in the construction of roads, drains, buildings, etc.
• Demand to inspect any public development works that may be still under construction or completed.
• Demand to inspect government documents-construction drawings, record books and register etc.

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