‘RTI is a tool for common man’

Dimapur, April 11 (MExN): One-day training programme on Right to Information Act 2005 was conducted at Calvary Baptist Church, Phezhu, Jotsoma on April 9. The participants numbering 50 were NGOs and Church Youth members from eight Western Angami villages. The resource persons for the day were L.Youdang Jamir, joint director & PIO, ATI and Dr. Hovithal N.Sothu, state coordinator (Disaster Management) and nodal officer, RTI.
Speaking in the brief inaugural program, Dr.Hovithal N.Sothu, dwelt on the need for NGOs to know and use RTI for the welfare of the people. He also said that RTI is a tool for the common man to check the performance of public servants. Hence they should learn this Act properly and put it into practice to check the progress of Government funded projects and schemes as well as to monitor the implementing agencies on whether money released are put into right use or, works carried out are worth the money released. He also appreciated the Director of ATI, V.Shashank Shekhar  as he takes keen interest in the trainings carried out by the officers and staff of ATI, informed a press note received here.
It also said that the topics discussed in this one-day training were - basics of Right to Information Act 2005; How to write an RTI application; frequently asked questions in RTI and a session for questions and answers.  The RTI made-easy reading material was also distributed to all the participants. Zapusazo Sirie, president, Western Angami Baptist Youth Department, chaired the inaugural programme, which started with a mass prayer and introduction of the resource persons.