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RTIM commemorates 9 years of RTI
Awareness level still less CIC
3/19/2018 10:17:55 PM
Early Times Report
Srinagar, Mar 19: In order to commemorate 9 years of RTI law in J&K state , Jammu & Kashmir RTI Movement in association with Abdul Ahad Azad memorial Degree College Bemina organized a seminar titled 9 years of RTI in J&K. Chief Information Commissioner Khurshid Ahmad Ganai , former Chief Information Commissioner G R Sufi and Deputy Commissioner along with large number of RTI activists and students attended the seminar.
Speaking at the seminar Chief Information Commissioner Khurshid Ahmad Ganai said that awareness level on RTI Act is still very less and more and more programmes on awareness generation need to be organized across the state. He said that people can only speak and talk when they have information. Khurshid Ahmad Ganai congratulated RTI Movement Founder Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat and Principal Degree College Bemina for organizing the seminar.
G R Sufi former Chief Information Commissioner said that RTI has challenged the ego of Government officers. He urged upon Government to appoint one more Information Commissioner without any further delay. He added that technically Information Commission is not a legal entity in absence of an Information Commissioner.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Syed Abid Rashid said that Government money is taxpayers money and people have full right to seek details of funds being spend on different developmental works. He urged upon students not to be pessimist and work hard to achieve the goals in life. Dr Abid said that ultimate power lies with people and they must make judicious use of RTI law and not use it for pressure tactics.
Dr Raja Muzaffar Founder RTI Movement said that RTI is a tool in the hands of oppressed and disadvantaged people. He said that it is the RTI law which has empowered common citizens across state. He urged upon the Govt to fulfill their legal obligation of creating RTI awareness across state.
At the end of the seminar CIC Khurshid Ganai , Ex CIC G R Sufi , DC Srinagar , Principal GDC Bemina Prof Mushtaq Lone and Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat formally launched the campaign RTI for Environment wherein RTI Movement plans to make rigorous use of RTI in 2018 for seeking information on environmental issues especially forests , water bodies , waste management etc . Artists from Cultural Group Wathoora who are also part of RTI Movement presented a play on RTI and corruption.
Prof Mushtaq Lone Principal Degree College Bemina delivered welcome address. Dr Mushatq Khan , Farooq Kuthoo & Prof M A Malik conducted the seminar proceedings.
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