SCD Government College organised a seminar on the importance of Right to Information Act (RTI) at the college premises for the students and the teachers on Monday.
Surinder Avasthi, information commissioner, Punjab, addressed the people at the Sahir auditorium. He said RTI was a tool to strengthen democratic institutions by making them responsible and accountable by providing the information needed by the public at large. "People must come forward by invoking RTI where ever they find that information must be procured for the common good," he added.
Right to Information Act, 2005, is a comprehensive law that provides a network to get information from the public offices. Avasthi delivered a lecture on the theme "Right to Information Act, 2005" and its role in strengthening democracy in the country.
Avasthi said the young generation must have the knowledge of RTI provisions and should use this as a tool to make public institutions more accountable. He stressed on the need for public institutions to fulfill their responsibilities by putting the important information on the website of their organisations as per the provisions of the Section 4 of the RTI Act. He comprehensively explained the provisions of the Act to get the information.
The students of the college raised several questions regarding RTI applications, which were duly replied by Avasthi. He added that the basic purpose of the seminar was to make the students and teachers aware about the several applications of the Right to Information Act.