The Arunachal Times: Arunachal Pradesh: Wednesday, March 29, 2017.
Awareness programe on RTI Act, 2005 was organized by the Arunachal Information Commission, in collaboration with District Administration Lower Dibang Valley at Anchal Samiti Hall on Tuesday.
Speaking on the occasion State Chief Information Commissioner Dr Joram Begi enlightened on various provisions under RTI Act, 2005 and exhorted the participants to make proper use of the RTI Act in bringing transparency and accountability in the instruments of governance.
He also informed that the Act has empowered citizens to know their rights and responsibilities in all the developmental process. “If you are not properly informed you cannot express properly,” he said, and urged for mass participation and mass awareness among the public and stakeholders on the RTI Act 2005 and NFSA Act 2013. He also said that the RTI Act should be implemented in letter and spirit to contain corruption at various levels and to grasp all-round development.
Responding to the public plea on PDS-related issues during an interactive session, he assured to take up the matter with the concerned authority and place a report on the outcome of the awareness programmes.
DC Deepak Shinde in his address stressed on significant components of RTI Act, 2005 and NFSA Act, 2013 and said that both the Acts are imperative in bringing transparency and development of a welfare state. He also called for sensitization of various provisions under both the Acts down to the grass root level.
Information Commissioners A K Techi, M Liggi and N Jamoh also spoke during the programme, where Techi elaborated on the procedure of filling RTI, time limit for supply of information, cost of information, ground for rejection under Section 8 of the Act, while Liggi informed on roles and responsibilities of PIO/ APIO.
Jamoh spoke on NFSA Act 2013 and urged for proper monitoring of all centrally sponsored schemes implemented by various departments under the Act.
In his PowerPoint presentation, Circle Officer (Supply) Rakesh Tacho highlighted the status report of the district and informed that Identification of Priority and AAY households to ensure Food Security through fixed entitlement and nutritional support to pregnant women and children are some important components of the NFSA Act. The DD (ICDS) and DDSE also presented their reports through PowerPoint presentations.
Among others, former Minister Tobar Jamoh, ADC Chesta Yadav, administrative officers, HoDs, PRI leaders, gaoh burahs, public, NGOs and other officials also attended the programme. (DIPRO)