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Monday, October 12, 2009

RTI workshop held in Silchar

SILCHAR, Oct 12: A one-day workshop for effective implementation of the Right To Information Act-2005 was held at the Zilla Parishad Conference Hall in Silchar today. The workshop was sponsored by the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India.

Due to corrupt practices which started from the early 60s in India and which later subsequently institutionalized, official transparencies and accountabilities have been in question in public mind. Under these circumstances, Government of India’s honest initiative to check corruption came to be implemented through different laws time and again and one such law in its most potential form is the Right to Information Act.

India’s Right to Information was enacted on June 15, 2005, but subsequently came into force on October 12, 2005. The jurisdiction of the right covers the whole of India, except the State of Jammu and Kashmir. All government public sector institutions, including government funded organizations, schools, hospitals, NGOs etc. come under RTI jurisdiction.

RTI is a part of the fundamental right incorporated to the freedom of speech and expression, recognized by the Constitution, and in the various Supreme Court decisions taken currently. It is directly linked with the Right to Life and denial of information is accepted to be denial of right to life, as mentioned in today’s workshop. The law has been mainly brought in force to promote transparency and accountability in government offices and public sector institutions.

Cachar DC Gautam Ganguly admitted that among the 27 districts in Asom, Cachar district in Barak Valley has a record of greater number of applications filed, from here, on account of Right to Information Act. In a slide presentation at the workshop, it was shown that in Cachar district, BDOs, DRDA and Zilla Parishad office received maximum amount of applications.

The workshop was attended by Cachar DC Gautam Ganguly, ADC BC Nath, ADC SK Das, ADC Madhumita Chowdhury, Cachar Zilla Parishad CEO Indrabati Das and ADC HA Laskar. THE SENTINEL

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