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Orissa Pradesh Congress Committee to train Congress Office bearers on RTI
President of the Orissa Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) Jaydeb Jena said that Congress office-bearers at the block level would be trained to utilise the Right to Information Act for exposing corruption in IAY.
The Centre had sanctioned seven lakh special IAY houses in phases after the 1999 super cyclone and 2002 floods. But irregularities were found in the selection of beneficiaries in several blocks. The State Government had suspended several officials and sarpanches after detection of the irregularities.
The first such training camp would be organised at Bhadrak on October 7 where representatives from Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Khurda, Puri, Nayagarh, Angul and Bargarh districts would attend.
The second training camp would be held at Jharsuguda on October 8 where representatives from Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Sundargarh, Rourkela, Keonjhar, Balangir, Sonepur, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Ganjam, Gajapati, Boudh, Kondhmal, Rayagada, Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Dhenkanal and Mayurbhanj districts would attend.
The training camps would be attended by MPs, MLAs, former MPs and MLAs, members of the All India Congress Committee and the Pradesh Congress Committee, presidents of all the frontal organisations and cells, office-bearers of the district Congress Committees and the presidents of the block Congress committees.
AICC general secretary V Narayan Swamy would inaugurate the training camps at both the places. AICC secretary Arun Kumar would deliver the keynote address.
The camps would be addressed by Opposition Leader JB Patnaik, deputy leader Narasingh Mishra, former chief ministers Hemananda Biswal and Giridhar Gamang and other seniors.
[sourse: NewsIndia Press]
Agra, Aug 18 (IANS) There was an urgent need to train government officials to ensure that the Right to Information (RTI) Act was used effectively for the benefit of people, Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Wajahat Habibullah said here Saturday.
"In Uttar Pradesh we get lots of complaints (from applicants) but fewer appeals. The complaints usually relate to government officials either denying information under one pretext or the other or not responding to their applications," he told mediapersons after a public interaction at the Divisional Commissioner's office.
Representatives of various organisations and chambers of commerce and industry who met the CIC complained of the unhelpful attitude of the government officials who, they said, preferred to avoid giving out required information.
Habibullah said a meeting of state information officers was convened in New Delhi to discuss how the RTI Act can be more effectively implemented and how various problems relating to its usage can be resolved.