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Booth camp for creating awareness on RTI held in Rajshahi

Booth camp for creating awareness on RTI held in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI: A daylong booth camp for creating public awareness on the Right to Information (RTI) Act was held at Saranjai High School playground in Tanore Upazila of the district on Thursday.

Association for Community Development (ACD) hosted the camp in collaboration with the Carter Centre and financial support of USAID.

The camp, organised under the “Advancing Women’s Right of Access to Information in Bangladesh” project, showcased ideas about various public services among the marginalised community besides making them interested and inspired to the services, reports BSS.

Ensuring responsiveness of the GOs and NGOs for providing information in an efficient and equitable manner was the main objective of the camp.

Upazila Nirbahi Officer Pankaj Chandra Debnath addressed the programme as chief guest, while Upazila Chairman Abdul Maleque was in the chair. ACD Programme Director Sharmin Shubrina welcomed the participants.

Social Service Officer Hossain Khan, Youth Development Officer Muhammad Sadequzzaman, Livestock Officer Dr Billal Hossain and ACD Programme Officer Krishna Rani Biswas also spoke.

The discussants observed that substantial and sustainable improvement of access to information (a2i) has become crucial for improving the living and livelihood conditions of rural women.

Terming the access to information as vital they viewed the full-length implementation of the RTI act with unhindered flow of information by all government and non-government organization’s concerned needs to be ensured for expediting development and ensuring good governance everywhere in the society.

Sharmin Shubrina gave an overview of the project along with its aims, objectives and implementation strategy during his multimedia presentation.

She said the project is being implemented in the Ward Number 5 and 6 of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) and Gogram and Matikata Unions of Godagari upazila and Chanduria and Saranjai Unions of Tanore upazila of Rajshahi district.

As a whole, the project is intended to create an enabling environment where women, especially Dalit and Marginalized are able to enjoy Right to information from government and non-government agencies for protecting their fundamental Rights.