KOHIMA, DEC 13 (DIPR): Nagaland State Information Commission is not of the state government but an autonomous entity. This was clarified to people’s misconception, for obvious concern, in a meeting on Right to Information Act was held today at the Zonal Council Hall, Kohima. It was attended by heads of offices and PIOs from Kohima district.
Noting that the public has misconceptions about the commission, Chief Information Commissioner P Talitemjen Ao, IAS (Retd)., clarified that the commission is not of the government but an autonomous entity and the powers of the commission are strictly limited to the Act.
Regarding the functioning of the PIOs, APIOs in the state, the CIC said that the concern departments should keep updating information about transfer and postings of the officers so that public do not face any constraints in seeking information. He said that PIO is a very important functionary and further stressed on the requirements of the PIOs and APIOs. He stated that the process of obtaining information should be made as simple as possible and dissemination of information should also be made as quickly as possible. Talitemjen further explained the meeting about appeals and disposals of information.
The CIC also urged government departments to be efficient and serious about the RTI Act since it is empowering the citizen with information. He also said that it is time for the government departments to streamline their office records.
The information chief also gave a briefing on the implementation of the Right to Information Act. He said that the RTI is an act of good governance where every citizen has the right to information and all public authority is under obligation to provide the requested information. He also gave a background of the functioning of the office of the CIC in the State. An interactive session was also held after the meeting where the Commissioner replied to queries raised by the participants. State Information Commissioners, Rev. Dr. Pongsing and Dr. Kuhoi Zhimomi also attended the meeting.