Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir today said the Right to Information Act (RTI) was a landmark legislation that made all the government institutions accountable to the masses.
“This act has created a sense of responsibility and accountability among the key functionaries of the government departments and other institutions, which come under its (RTI Act’s) purview,” Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said, while inaugurating an awareness workshop on RTI Act organised by the Directorate of Students Welfare for the administrative staff and students of the varsity at Nowgam-II academic block here.
Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar, Finance Officer, Bashir Ahmad Haji, Head Department of Religious Studies, Prof. Hameed Naseem Rafiabadi, Dean Students Welfare, Dr. Fayaz A Nikka, Program coordinator CHRI, Venkatesh Nayek, programme officer CHRI, Ms Shikha Chibbar, Chairman J&K RTI movement and Tosamaidan Bachav Front, Dr. Shaikh Ghulam Rasool, faculty members, administrative head and students were also present during the programme.
Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said the RTI has kept the decisions taken by any of the government officials with regard to recruitment process, purchases, allotment of works and other similar activities open to any scrutiny.
“There have been several instances wherein the purchase orders, allotment of works and recruitment processes have been quashed after RTI revealed discrepancies in the procedures adopted for the same,” he said, adding that the RTI has also unearthed several scams in many states. Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said the Act has been highly beneficial to the people.
Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar while speaking on the occasion, said the Act has played a significant and crucial role in bringing transparency and accountability in the government institutions.
“Many revelations have come to the fore after the RTI Act was implemented in the country,” he said. He however added that the Act should not be misused, as there have been several instances and complaints wherein certain RTI activists have allegedly harassed the government officials.
Dean Students Welfare, Dr. Fayaz A Nikka, while welcoming the experts said the main aim and objective of holding the awareness programme was to sensitize the administrative staff and the students about the Act. He said the DSW would hold more such sensitization programmes in near future so that the students would be well acquainted with the usage of RTI Act.
Later in the technical session, Venkatesh Nayek made a detailed power point presentation on “Procedures for seeking information under RTI” while as Ms Shikha Chibbar deliberated upon “Using RTI for crime related research.” Dr. Shaikh Ghulam Rasool discussed the topic, “RTI movement in Jammu and Kashmir and success stories of RTI.”
Deputy Registrar Administration, Dr. Javid Wani conducted the programme proceedings while as Prof. Hameed Naseem Rafiabadi, proposed the vote of thanks.