Mathur inaugurates 3-day National Meet on RTI Act

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 15: Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh RK Mathur today inaugurated a 3-day National Meet on Right to Information (RTI) Act organized by the Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) in Leh.
The LG released the SCOPE film on PSEs in pursuit of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat and launched the webpage (https://ladakh.nic.in/ departments/) for suo-motu disclosure of information under RTI Act Section 4(1) (b) for Ladakh. Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) YK Sinha was the guest of honour for the event.
The objective of the event is to provide a platform for Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) to deliberate on the challenges faced by them in the management and implementation of RTI Act. Officials from Ladakh, Chief Executives, Directors, Executive Directors, CPIOs, PIOs, nodal officers and executives from more than 30 CPSEs are taking part in the event.
Mathur called SCOPE a moral force and appreciated them for choosing Ladakh for the National Meet on RTI Act to build the capacities of Government officials from the region on the RTI Act along with the officials from PSEs from other parts of the country. He termed RTI Act as leading towards the light from the darkness. He stressed the importance of understanding the RTI Act and learning its nuances to enable them to handle and reply to the queries effectively and efficiently.
Y K Sinha shared the efforts being made to bring down the number of pending RTI cases and further strengthen and implement the Act effectively throughout the country. He stated that the feedback received from the participants during the National Meet would enable them to submit recommendations in Parliament to further strengthen the RTI Act.
Programme Director, SCOPE, OP Khorwal, highlighted the programme perspective and various initiatives taken by SCOPE to build the capacities of representatives of PSEs to enable them to address issues faced by them in implementing the RTI Act, etc.
Earlier, Director General SCOPE Atul Sobti welcomed the guests while Vice-Chairman SCOPE Pradip Kumar Das gave the vote of thanks.
Former Information Commissioner MM Ansari, Advisor Umang Narula, Commissioner/Secretary Ajeet Kumar Sahu and Secretary Mehboob Ali Khan were present in the event.

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