RTI Act, 2005 is an act to bring more transparency to the government and check corruption – H Dingo
Imphal, Oct 5:
Minister for Social Welfare, Skill, Labour, Employment & Entrepreneurship and Fisheries, H. Dingo Singh today said that the Right to Information Act, 2005 is an act to bring more transparency to the government and check corruption.
Addressing the opening ceremony of the RTI Week Celebration – 2022 as Chief Guest H. Dingo said that the state government is trying to be more transparent in its functioning and bring the people closer with the government with programmes like “CM Da Haisi”. He urged the people to use RTI as a tool to bring down the level of corruption in Manipur.
The RTI Week Celebration was organized by the Manipur Information Commission as part of the all-India programme sponsored by the Department of Personnel & Training, Union Ministry of Personnel, and Public Grievances & Pensions. The opening ceremony cum state level workshop was organized today at the Conference Hall of SCERT, Lamphel.
Speaking at the function as Guest of Honour, M. Rameshwar Singh, MLA, Kakching Assembly Constituency, called for the need to start e-filing of RTI applications in all government departments. He urged the Manipur Information Commission to bring a more citizen-friendly online portal.
Rameshwar said that RTI is a pro-people act and is a feather in the cap of the Indian democracy.
Oinam Sunil Singh, State Chief Information Commissioner, who presided over the function, highlighted the various tasks performed by the Manipur Information Commission to make RTI a people’s movement. He said that the RTI act helps bring transparency in the government departments and also fights corruption.
Terming the RTI act as an anti-corruption weapon, Oinam Sunil Singh urged both SPIOs and RTI activities to help the Commission in the implementation of the act. He further said that the Commission is giving more emphasis to the roles and duties of SPIOs in this year’s RTI Week celebration.
Three resource persons – MD. Yasser Ahmed Khan, Deputy Secretary/Joint Director (MAHUD), Salam Shantikumar Singh, Deputy Inspector of Schools, Zone-II, Imphal East, and W. Joykumar Singh, Advocate/Co-convenor, Movement for People’s Right to Information – spoke in the workshop on the topic, “RTI Act, 2005 – Issues and Challenges”.
As part of the RTI Week Celebration, the Manipur Information Commission and Kangpokpi District Administration are jointly organising a workshop at the Kangpokpi district headquarters on October 7. An essay competition on the RTI act is also being organized this month by the Commission along with the DM University, Imphal.