Workshop held on 'Right To Information' in Tiruchi
A workshop was organised jointly by the Department of Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, TANSSCOPE, and the Consumer Protection Council, Tamil Nadu at Tiruchi, on Right to Information (RTI) Act wherein the important provisions of the Act were discussed.
It was inaugurated by S. Gopalakrishnan, Commissioner of Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection. He said the Act sought to strengthen efficiency in administration and not threaten any official or agency. He added that it was the responsibility of officials to provide the information sought by an applicant under the Act.
He said that apart from individuals, even service organisations or associations could seek information under the provisions of the Act.
In his keynote address, S.F. Akbar, State Information Commissioner, pointed to the importance of the RTI in empowering the society through providing information so that transparency could be ensured at every sphere. He stressed that the public interest should be guarded at every cost.
The secretary of the Consumer Protection Council, Tamil Nadu, S. Pushpavanam, explained the responsibilities of the consumers and their limitations in utilising the provisions of the transparency Act. He discussed the various modes of payment of fee like the postal order, bank draft and stamps and the way an individual can utilise them if other modes are not available. He discussed the drafting of the RTI application and how it should be specific to achieve the information sought.