Discussion session to observe International Right to Information week
Dnet marked International RTI week, 2015 on Oct 1 with a discussion about the Right to Information Act. Previously a one-day affair, the RTI day was expanded to a weeklong programme with the joint initiative of the Government and the Information Commission.
The discussion was attended by Information Commissioner Nepal Chandra Sarkar as chief guest. MRDI Executive Director Hasibur Rahman Mukur and Manusher Jonno Foundation Deputy Programme Manager Mohammad Iftekhar Hossain were present as special guests.
Dnet ISEP Programme Manager Sk. Masudur Rahman welcomed everyone at the beginning which was followed by a welcome speech by Dnet Chief of Impact Farhad Uddin. He also thanked the people present.
Iftekhar Hossain spoke about how the Right to Information Act had changed lives altogether and enlightened the audience about its significance. He said, “People are becoming more aware that information is their right. He stressed on the importance of taking this law to the grassroots.” Hasibur Rahman Mukur highlighted the need for information activists. He said, “We should groom information activists within every household. Currently there are only a handful of NGOs working on the issue but there should be many more.”
The chief guest Nepal Chandra Sarkar commended the role of Dnet’s Infoladies. He urged for a central training of the Infoladies about this law in which the Information Commission would provide full-fledged assistance and cooperation.
Dnet Joint Director Ajoy Kumar Bose thanked everyone in his concluding remarks. Speakers pledged their support to spread the use of RTI Act across the country. They stressed on the point that this was one of those laws that needed to be adopted and used widely for the law to gain a strong foothold. The more that people filed RTI applications, the more that people talked about it and the more that common citizens exercised their right to know, the more this law would spread and be implemented, the speakers said
Dnet is essentially contributing towards spreading the message as well as the use of this act through its social entrepreneurs, the Infoladies and helping the government’s effort of widespread implementation of the law. Dnet Infoladies are also explaining to people in different Upazilas the steps to file an RTI application.