Dimapur, June 26 (MExN): Press Information Bureau (PIB) Guwahati on Thursday conducted a webinar titled ‘Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005- Its Salient Features & Implementation’ attended by the officials of PIB, Regional Outreach Bureau and Field Outreach Bureau from across the Northeast.
Former Deputy Secretary & Former Registrar, Central Information Commission, G Subramanian who conducted the virtual workshop spoke extensively on the salient features of the RTI Act and its implementation and asserted that transparency of information is vital in a democratic set-up like India, a PIB release stated.
Subramanian in his initial remarks said that Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005, is crucial as it mandates timely response to a citizen’s request for government information. He asserted that transparency of information is vital in democratic country like India. RTI Act not only empowered the citizen to question about the functioning of government but also help in containing the corruption and hold the public servant accountable, he added.
L R Vishwanath, Head of Department, Directorate General, North East Zone, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in his welcome address said that RTI has done a great job ever since its inception in our country. He said that the Act aims at promoting transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority.
Vishwanath said that government officials must maintain transparency in their work and no file should be kept pending. He further suggested that periodical sensitization of government officials on RTI is essential.
The question and answer session post the presentations in the webinar proved to be fruitful in answering the queries of the participants.