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Instill hunger for information - Lalhuma

Kohima: Nagaland Chief Information Commissioner Lalhuma Thursday appealed government officials to create an environment where there was hunger for seeking more information by the public.

He was addressing the concluding day of the 3-day training on Right to Information Act 2005 for AA/PIO/APIO and other officers at the conference hall of the Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Kohima Thursday.

Lalhuma said the RTI was a very powerful tool to check corruption in the society. He said transparency in the system would elevate the stature of good governance and the same could be achieved if there was political will. He advised the Public Information Officers (PIO) not to harass the public unnecessarily while seeking information.

He also asked the gathering to ponder on why Tuensang district had the highest number of RTI applicants with 220 in 2011-12 while Kohima and Dimapur districts with many “intellectuals” had just 63 and 55 applicants respectively during the same period.

The resource persons of the 3-day training programme included Dr. S. Rongsen Longkumer on concept and salient features of RTI Act 2005 and role of public information officers and assistant public information officers; Dr. Hovithal N.Sothu on the topic obligation of the public authorities and role of appropriate government and classification of information; L.Youdang Jamir on appeals & penalties, appellate authority fee structure and time limits and W. Ezung on how to handle RTI and effective implementation of RTI Act.
Last Updated on Monday, 26 August 2013 15:22  

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