Kathmandu, October 16, 2017: President Bidya Devi Bhandari urged all for right use of Right to Information, saying RTI would maintain good governance in the country.
Inaugurating a program organized by National Information Commission in the capital on Monday marking International Day for Universal Access to Information, President Bhandari said that transparency and good governance make democracy and state stronger.
She said that it was the responsibility of employees to carry out activities with a feeling that people have rights to information of each and every activities carried out by the government.
The President said, “Today’s age is the era of information. Government is formed from the people’s mandate in democracy. So people are power and owner of the state.”
President Bhandari added that RTI would be important for civic surveillance. She also praised the initiatives taken by NIC to increase public awareness related to RTI.
On the occasion, the NIC presented prize to first, second and third winners of the essay competition – the RTI campaigners Raju Shrestha, Rakesh Prasad Chaudhary and Bhawana Poudel – respectively,.
Similarly, Information officers—Basudev Nath (first), Thaneshwor Sapkota (second) and Samjhana Subedi (third) winners also received prize.
Each prize carries a purse of Rs 25,000, Rs 15, 000 and Rs 10,000 respectively. Likewise, the NIC honoured its employee Laxmi Joshi (Under-Secretary) and Chandra Prakash Adhikari (legal officer) with Rs 11,111 each.
NIC Chief Commissioner Krishna Hari Banskota, stressed the need of giving constitutional status to the Commission as per the universal practice.