DIMAPUR: Training on RTI Act 2005 was organised for BDOs, RDOs and APOs on April 7 by rural department at directorate conference hall. The introductory session was chaired by K. Neibou Sekhose, assistant director (training).
Welcoming the participants, additional director and POI of the department, Waichiba reminded the officers on the urgency of RTI bound matters and invited them to approach the office for any clarification or problem.
Commissioner and secretary, RD, V. Sakhrie in his speech said it was time officers understood the gravity of RTI Act and challenged them to take full opportunity of the training and empower themselves with correct knowledge.
Sakhrie said when everything except internal security comes under the purview of the Act; one cannot afford to take the Act lightly and reminded them that any manipulation of furnishing of information was punishable under the Act and that it was their duty to give accurate and timely response.
Er. Worhonthung Ezung, senior lecturer, ATI, shared on “Importance of RTI Act 2005”.
Er. Ezung, who is also a state nodal officer for RTI revealed that in a recently conducted study, more than 90% of RTI applicants were found to be government employees. Based on this, he highlighted the importance of the Act in a government set-up and how the public authority can help check corruption.
He also shared on the importance of good accounts/record management in a government set-up.
He stated RTI Act was the only Act in the country where even the prime minister does not have immunity. He also corrected some myths relating to the Act such as RTI Act is not about creating information but providing it and RTI is not about addressing grievances but acquiring information only. In the technical session, officers were assessed on their knowledge of the Act where a surprise test was conducted.