Manipur Minister Awangbow Newmai on Thursday appealed to stop misusing the RTI Act while highlighting the importance of the Right to Information Act, during the observation of RTI Week on Thursday.
The event was organised at the auditorium of DIPR, Nityaipat Chuthek, Keishampat, Imphal by Manipur Information Commission under the aegis of department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India, New Delhi with the objective of popularising the RTI Act, 2005.
The celebration was inaugurated by water resource minister Awangbow Newmai.
As India is the largest democratic country, this Act will help in bringing transparency and accountability for good governance, he said.
“We need to control misuse of RTI Act for personal gains. The Right to Information Act is highly important as every individual has the right to know the different activities and functioning of the government,” he said.
He also said that this act is made for more public participation and to strengthen the government in state and nation building.
Additional chief secretary MH Khan shared his knowledge on the RTI act, stating that a society has to be transparent.
Development of any society will be fruitful and better if there is transparency as far as possible, he maintained.
In connection with the celebration, a State Level Workshop was also held. Advocate Ch Narendra Singh and Rinku Khumukcham, Editor, Imphal Times delivered lectures as resource persons at the workshop.
State Chief Information Commissioner i/c Oinam Sunil moderated over the discussion.