Guv stresses on judicial use of RTI act for public interest

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JAMMU: Governor N.N. Vohra on Wednesday stressed the importance of judicious use of the RTI Act to promote the larger public interest and awareness about rights of all stakeholders.
He said after inaugurating a one-day Seminar on Implementation of the J&K RTI Act, 2009 here. The Seminar was organised by the J&K State Information Commission.
Emphasising the vital importance of the manner in which the “Right to Information” promotes transparent functioning and accountable governance, Governor observed that cleanliness in the functioning of public authorities strengthens trust between the government and people which is essential for sustaining democracy.
Governor stressed that the public authorities, besides responding to applications for information, should pro-actively disclose information, suo moto,by showing it on their websites. He noted that for the effective functioning of the statute considerable improvement needs to be brought about in the manner of maintenance of records in the public offices.
Further, there needs to be a significant change in the mindset of the officials so that the traditional secrecy is replaced with openness and transparency, except in matters which need to remain undisclosed in the national interest.