The Closing function of Right to Information Week Celebration-2018 was held at Lamyanba Shanglen hall in Imphal on Tuesday.
Consumers Affairs Food & Public Distribution, Revenue minister Karam Shyam, Deputy Chairman(Manipur State Planning Board) Sorokhaibam Rajen Singh; Chief Information Commissioner Th Ibobi Singh; Information Commissioners Dr S Ibocha Singh and Oinam Sunil Singh attended the function as President and Guests of Honour respectively.
The function was organized by Manipur Information Commission with sponsorship from Department of Personnel & Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension, Government of India, New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion Minister Karam Shyam expressed that Right to Information(RTI) Act 2005 is very important in a democratic State like Manipur for ensuring full transparency and accountability of the different activities and functioning of the Government for the service and interest of the public.
Comparing India with other civilized foreign countries, Shyam stated that RTI is not at all required to the same extent we need here because in Manipur, we face critical situation and big challenges in connection with bringing transparency in governance unlike them.
Deputy Chairman (Manipur State Planning Board) Rajen highlighted that Government scheme regarding health and start-up programmes with a total investment of Rs 3 crores with 30 per cent subsidy for the innovative youths should reach the rightful hands of the people.
Sharing his knowledge on RTI and its need in Manipur, Chief Information Commissioner Th Ibobi stated that information exchange is very important the public should use RTI for right purpose apart from bringing transparency and accountability.
Amarjit Okram , Namrata Chinglembi Konsam and Tourangbam Sonia Serafina clinched the top 3 spots of the RTI essay competition.
Government officials of related Departments, Public Information Officials, Zilla Parishad members, RTI activists students took in the RTI Closing Ceremony.