SRINAGAR: Baramulla: J&K RTI Movement in collaboration with Common Wealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) organized a one-day training workshop on RTI Act, 2009 at Tangmarg on Sunday.
Hundreds of people including social activists, retired bureaucrats, teachers and students attended the workshop. Under section 23 of J&K RTI Act, 2009 the State government is duty bound to conduct awareness programs for general public.
Chairman JKRTI Movement, Dr Shaikh Ghulam Rasool said, “After government failed to conduct these awareness programs, the CHRI and J&K RTI Movement has been conducting awareness programs across Jammu and Kashmir”. He added that in March, the organization would conduct eight awareness programs as part of RTI week.
He said the idea behind conducting the workshop in Tangmarg was to train and aware people about getting access to official information on forest land, which has been encroached by the hoteliers and organized land mafia in Tangmarg and Gulmarg areas.
Speaking on the occasion Dr Shaikh Ghulam Rasool emphasized that RTI is the best tool to bring in transparency in the public authorities and make government accountable to the people.He appealed the Governor N N Vohra to take steps to fill the post of Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Information Commissioner of the State Information Commission (SIC) which have fallen vacant recently.