Tuesday, 31 January, 2023

Awareness among people about RTI underscored

Awareness among people about RTI underscored

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RAJSHAHI: Creating awareness among people, particularly marginalized women, on the Right to Information (RTI) Act can be the best way of supplementing the government efforts of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Utmost emphasis should be given on integrated efforts of all the government and non-government entities concerned is also important for providing information in an efficient and equitable manner, reports BSS.

Discussants made the observation while addressing a meeting with all stakeholders to mark the launching of a project at Mohanpur Upazila Parishad conference hall room in the district on Tuesday.

On behalf of its project titled “Advancing Women’s Right of Access to Information in Bangladesh”, Association for Community Development (ACD) organised the meeting supported by the Carter Center.

Upazila Chairman Advocate Abdus Salam addressed the meeting as chief guest, while ACD Executive Director Salima Sarwar welcomed the participants with Upazila Nirbahi Officer Sabiha Fatematuz Johra in the chair.

Subrata Kumar Paul, coordinator of the project, illustrated the aims, objectives and implementation strategy of the project during his multimedia presentation.

The meeting focused on delivering various public services among the marginalised community besides making them interested and inspired to the services.

Agriculture Officer Rahima Khatun, Project Implementation Officer Abu Bakir, Rural Development Officer Jebanur Rahman, Family Planning Officer Sabina Yeasmin and Youth Development Officer Rokonuzzaman Talukder also spoke on the occasion.

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

The meeting was told that the project will be implemented in the upazila aimed at creating a congenial 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.

It will also generate public awareness about climate change and how to mitigate its adverse impact through adaptive measures.