An awareness cum round table conference on implementation and monitoring of Right To Information Act, 2009 was held today under the chairmanship of Chief Information Commissioner Khursheed Ahmad Ganai at Budgam.
The meeting cum conference was attended by District Development Commissioner Budgam, Registrar CIC, Additional SP, all FAAs, PIOs, and APIOs from concerned departments, besides RTI activists from different areas of the valley.
The District Development Commissioner apprised the CIC that since 2009 when the RTI Act came into force, an amount of Rs. 11170 including revenue receipts were collected on account of RTI related matters in the district.
He said that up to March 2017, as many as 1460 RTI applications including 558 related to revenue matters have been received and are under process.
On the occasion, the Chief Information Commissioner appreciated the role of District Administration in organising such a kind of round table conference on RTI implementation. He said such steps help in appraising people about the use and importance of the RTI Act and how to implement this in the best interest of common people.
He said the Act can be a potent tool in ensuring greater transparency in the implementation of the developmental and welfare schemes.
He said the aim of conducting such conferences is also to sensitize the Officers and make them prepared to push up for e- governance.
Later, the RTI Activists discussed threadbare the various dimensions of the Act and emphasized the need for creating more awareness and implementation of the ACT to ensure monitoring of government functioning in a proper manner.