RTI week celebration ends with sensitization workshop

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: On the concluding day of the RTI week celebration, the Administrative Training Institute (ATI) has organized a one-day sensitization workshop for engineers of the state on Thursday. Altogether 31 engineers of various works departments, ministerial officials and stenographers who are functioning as PIOs & APIOs have participated in the workshop.
In her inaugural address, one of the key resource persons and Information Commissioner, State Information Commission, Nanom Jamoh said, RTI is one of the most powerful weapons of information for the common citizens. Every Govt servant, being important agent of development, should have thorough knowledge of the provisions of RTI Act without which, transparency and ethical discharge of public duty is not possible, she said.
Another Information Commissioner, A K Techi pointed out that many of the PIOs & APIOs are not following the RTI guidelines which results in failure in govt. policies. “The PIOs and APIOs represent their respective department, hence one should meticulously be equipped with the provisions of RTI Act and no information seeker should be misguided”, he stressed.
Sr. Analyst cum Under Secretary, (AR), Thomas George has highlighted the salient features of RTI Act 2005 and the Arunachal Pradesh Right To Information Rules, 2005.
Informing the participants about the various amendments made to the RTI Act till date, he advised the officers to update themselves for effectives implementation of the Act for the sake of justice for all citizens. He said every public functionary must disseminate factual information as per provisions of RTI Act.
ATI Director, Pate Marik, Asstt Directors, Nani Khambo and Bamin Tarang have also spoke on the occasion.
The RTI week is being celebrated every year throughout the country under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Personnel and Training, GoI with a view to “Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government through effective Implementation of RTI Act 2005”.
The ATI in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh State Information Commission has been celebrating the RTI week from Oct. 5.