Raizhune wins RTI slogan contest
Dimapur, October 6
Raizhune of Little Flower Higher Secondary School, Kohima, was declared winner of the RTI slogan competition which was conducted in commemoration of the Right to Information Week in the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner, Kohima, on October 5. Yangerlong of Ministers Hill Baptist Higher Secondary School, Kohima, and Sensoinla of Mezhur Higher Secondary School, Kohima, have won the second and third positions respective while Yesto Zhimo of Model Higher Secondary School, Kohima, and Rafiq of Ministers Hill Baptist Higher Secondary School, Kohima, have won the consolation prizes.
Speaking as the special guest, Additional Deputy Commission (ADC), Kohima, Asangla Imti explained that RTI is an Act was enacted to provide citizens the right to access to information under the control of public authorities in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority. She said that Right to Information Act (RTI Act) covers all levels of governments including the centre, state, district and local self governing bodies like panchayats and municipal bodies. It also covers non-governmental organizations such as NGOs, VOs and other private bodies that are financed substantially with public finds provided by the government.
She further stated that every citizen has the right to put forward n application requesting information or copies of records held by these bodies adding it is mandatory for the concerned body to provide information. She called upon all concerned to be aware of the RTI rules and regulations in the right perspective.
SDO (C), Kohima, Wennyei Konyak, who chaired the programme, also apprised the house on the importance of the Right to Information Act. A documentary film on RTI was also screened on the occasion.
The slogan competition on RTI was judged by ADC Kohima, Asangla Imti, and DPRO, Kohima, Asangla Imsong.