Inclusion of a chapter on RTI in textbooks demanded

FE Report
April 20, 2011

Speakers at a seminar Tuesday have urged the government to include a chapter on ‘right to information (RTI)’ in the textbooks of classes nine to 12. They said that no country can establish democracy, ensure stability and transparency without ensuring RTI. “The government has initiated the journey to establish democracy, transparency and accountability through RTI and we all should help to make it successful,” Chief Information Commissioner, Ambassador Muhammad Zamir said. He also sought cooperation from media, civil society and the government officials for the implementation of RTI. Information Commissioner, Dr Sadeka Halim emphasised on creating social awareness in this regard and requested the media men to come forward in making the people aware of RTI. “Not only the government officials have the duty to provide information but NGOs and others should not be cordial to this effect,” he added. “We should create more awareness on RTI through bill board, cultural activities and other ways,” Sadeka said. Information Commission Bangladesh (ICB) and Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI), an NGO, jointly organised the dialogue on “Role of Media in Effective Implementation of the RTI Process” in the conference room of Information Directorate. “It will be a welfare state when transparency, accountability, reduction of corruption, good governance, sustainability and democracy will prevail in the country,” Information Commissioner Md Abu Taher said. Project Director of BEI has emphasised on awareness and nation-wide assessment to make RTI more effective. Vice President of BEI, M Humayun Kabir presented the keynote in the dialogue. A number of media personalities, civil society people and government officials took part in discussion.

20 April, 2011