Aizawl, Oct 05: In Mizoram, Governor Dr Hari Babu Kambhampati said that the enactment of the Right to Information Act in 2005 was a historic occasion for the country and added that the Act helped bring about good governance. The Governor was addressing the Inauguration Session of the ‘RTI Week 2023’ at the Assembly Annexe Conference Hall in Aizawl on Thursday.
Encouraging the public to make good use of a software system called Mizoram RTI Online, Dr Kambhampati said that there are around 800 Common Service Centre and Rural Information Kiosks across the state that could facilitate the filing of RTI applications.
The Governor said that in this digital age, access to information has become important and citizens have the right as well as responsibility to keep the authorities in check. However, the Governor cautioned the public to refrain from filing frivolous and malicious complaints which could strain the time and resources of the Government machinery.
RTI Week is observed between 5 to 12 October. Since its inception in 2006, the Mizoram Information Commission has received 134 Second Appeals and 157 Complaints. The Commission has published 17 Annual Reports, which were tabled in the State Assembly.
The program which was organized by MIC was attended by Chief Information Commissioner John Neihlaia, and Information Commissioner Mangjangam Touthang, besides high-ranking officials from the Government, RTI Activists and the public.