Imphal: Manipur joined nationwide RTI week celebration today. The Water Resources and Relief & Disaster Management minister Awangbow Newmai, inaugurated Right to Information week celebration 2023, today at the auditorium of DIPR, Nityaipat Chuthek, Keishampat, Imphal.
Manipur Information Commission organised the event under the aegis of Department of Personnel & Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, government of India, New Delhi with the objective of popularising the RTI Act, 2005.
Addressing the gathering, minister Awangbow Newmai said that the Right to Information Act is an important Act and as India is the largest democratic country, this Act will help in bringing transparency and accountability for good governance. He maintained that we need to control misuse of RTI Act for personal gains. Minister Awangbow continued that the Right to Information Act is very important as every individual has the right to know the different activities and functioning of the government.
He said that this act was made for more public participation and to strengthen the government in state and nation building. Sharing his knowledge on RTI, additional chief secretary MH Khan said that a society has to be transparent. Development of any society will be fruitful and better if there is transparency as far as possible, he added.
In connection with the celebration, a state level workshop was also held. Advocate D Ch Narendra Singh and Rinku Khumukcham, editor of the Imphal Times were the resource persons of the workshop. State Chief Information Commissioner Oinam Sunil Singh, officials of the department and students also took part in the event.