Law students urged to promote RTI in the state

Law students urged to promote RTI in the state
NVCO president Kezhokhoto Savi with editorial board during release of annual magazine on September 28.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 9/29/2020 12:37:27 PM IST

Editorial board of Kohima Law College Students’ Union (KLCSU) held a programme for release of annual magazine on September 28, wherein president of Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organisation (NVCO) and assistant professor Kezhokhoto Savi officially released the same. 

A press release by NVCO press and media cell stated that, Kezhokhoto Savi said that RTI was one of the main topics during the “2019 legal literacy & awareness for social justice” where access to information under the Right to Information Act 2005 (RTI) was one of the most powerful tool that has been provided to the citizens of the country. 

While awareness was still lacking in this front, Savi said that education of this Act was more important in the villages of Nagaland where more disclosure is required in various schemes/VDB/projects/BPL/LADP schemes/PDS/MGNREGA/government funding meant for villages. 

While appreciating the Kohima Village Council for filing its complaint to chief minister Nagaland on implementation of MGNREGA where they alleged that the department was demanding 80% of the material component cost from the work orders issued and also alleged that there were lakhs of forged signatures by the VDBs at the directive of the department, Savi called upon VCM or any member of village council to come forward and use RTI.

Savi further urged law students to encourage villagers or people of various constituencies to come forward without any fear or hesitation to seek information through an RTI application to obtain detail information related to various schemes meant for villages and constituency development. 

More information is available in the book “The impact of Right to Information (RTI) in Nagaland for the last ten (10) years(2006-2016)” with the theme, “Information is Power” published by Nagaland Information Commission and Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organisation (NVCO) during the 10th Anniversary of RTI in Nagaland.

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