DIMAPUR, Oct 18 – There has been an increase in the RTI applications in Nagaland over the years, and most of the cases are solved at the PIO level.
Disclosing this at a one-day seminar conducted by Nagaland Information Commission under the theme ‘RTI and Role of Media’ as part of the RTI Week 2014 in Kohima yesterday, Acting Chief Information Commissioner Kevinino P Meru, however, felt that a lot needs to be done in spreading awareness on RTI while seeking the help of the media in this regard.
Former Information Commissioner, Central Information Commission, New Delhi and resource person Shailesh Gandhi while delivering the keynote address said people in general are not happy with the system of governance in the country and described the RTI Act as a tool to solve their problems.
Stating that RTI enables the citizens to find out the information they look for, Gandhi said RTI is a fundamental grain of the Indian Constitution and citizens should use it to have accountability, transparency and good governance. He also said 50 to 60 per cent of the citizens are not aware of the ‘appeal’ that they can make if they do not get a satisfactory reply after they seek information under RTI and urged the civil society and the media to create awareness on RTI and take it forward, saying RTI deepens democracy.
Addressing the plenary session on “RTI and Role of Media”, Assistant Editor, Indian Express, Guwahati, Samudra Gupta Kashyap said the majority of the people have learnt to use RTI Act because of the media. He said RTI has made investigative journalism easier and less risky while stating that journalists can acquire information by using the RTI Act.