SHILLONG, Sep 06: The basic objective of the Right to Information (RTI) is to empower the citizens, promote transparency and accountability in the working of the Government as pointed out by the Chief Information Commissioner, Meghalaya PBO Warjri on Wednesday.
Warjri had made this observation while addressing an awareness campaign on RTI which was held at Chief Information Commissioner, Meghalaya wherein he also said that the RTI is making democracy work for the people in real sense. He further informed that a citizen has the right to seek information from public authority and obtain information in any form.
Moreover, Warjri also mentioned the exemptions and disclosure under Section 8 and 9 and Schedule II of RTI Act which enumerates the categories of information exempted from disclosure and the names of the Intelligence and Security which are exempted from the purview of the Act. Further, he explained in detail about the method and procedures of seeking information, disposal and provision related to appeals and complaints besides others.
The Deputy Commissioner, West Garo Hills, Pravin Bakshi while delivering the welcome address emphasize on the need to disseminate the role and implementation of Right to Information Act which is an Act of Parliament and a platform to acquire information from public authority.
Habul Das of the Department of Mathematics, Don Bosco College, Tura and Confirm Challam who is a student of Tura Polytechnic also addressed the gathering on the significance of Right to Information Act during the programme.
Additional Deputy Commissioner, West Garo Hills, A V D Shira presented the working status of the RTI Cell since its inception in the district and added that 72 numbers of applications have been received so far. She also informed that about 47 RTI applications have been disposed off till date which has been applied against Deputy Commissioner’s Office, supply, revenue and excise branch including block offices, health department besides others.