Kohima, July 4: In Nagaland, it is the Government employees and not the general public who files the maximum RTI applications seeking information on service related matters.
As per the annual administrative report 2016-17, Nagaland State Information Commission was set up in March 2006 and a total of 24,896 applications were received by the different public authorities, out of which 22,954 were furnished till March 31, 2017.
However, most of the applications are filed by Government servants seeking service related information, informed Deputy Director (Training) of Administrative Training Institute, Nagaland, Hovithal N Sothu at a one day sensitization on RTI for joint Directors, Deputy Directors, Assistant Directors, PIOs, APIOs, aSuperintendents and Assistant Superintendents of Directorate of School Education today.
“In Nagaland public don’t use RTI Act so much but the maximum RTI applications are from Government servants seeking information on service related matters,” said Sothu.
Informing that RTI is a fundamental right guaranteed by Article 19(i)(a) of the Constitution of India, he said that if the head of any Government department doe not appoint Public Information Officer (PIO), he/she automatically becomes the PIO.
The objective of RTI Act is to create a practical regime of right to information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of public authorities and promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority, he said.
In her keynote address, Principal Director of School Education Department, Smita Sarangi said that many officers in the education directorate have reached the stage on promotion from educational institutions and once in the directorate such sensitization workshops are required to develop better coordination and avoid mishaps in the administrative functioning.
She said that RTI is a fundamental right and the information sought under the Act cannot be denied but the PIO is time bound to respond.
She was hopeful that the workshop would help the officers joining the directorate on promotions to familiarize with the structure of administrative functioning. (Page News Service)