Gangtok, 08 Oct:
The series of sensitisation programmes on RTI Act and Rule of 2005 for college students concluded with the final programme held at CCCT Chisopani on 06 Oct. The programmes were organized by Sikkim Information Commission, informs a press release.
The final programme was presided over by Deputy Secretary, Sikkim information Commission(SIC), Abinash Rai as resource person along with College Principal and Vice Principal. Also present were college faculty members, students of CCCT and SIC staff.
Mr Rai gave a detailed insight into the provisions of RTI Act and its rules. He apprised the gathering that for an organization to fall under the definition of Public Authority the Government should either own or have substantial control over the management and affairs of the organization; or the organisation should have been substantially financed by the appropriate Government.
It was also informed that Private Educational Institutes receiving 95% of funding may fall under the definition of Public Authority.Mr Rai stressed that repetitive RTI applications on the same matter with the same or slightly altered language cannot be entertained and the information seeker is required to seek the information only once.
Mr Rai also read out the judgement of Delhi HC regarding misuse of RTI Act and urged the students to use this Act judiciously for larger public Interest and also urged the students to disseminate such information to the general public.