Right to information ensures public involvement in admn: Guv

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Chennai, Oct 25 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Governor S S Barnala today said the right to access information would enable the public to involve themselves in formulating social policies and take part in the decision making process of governance.

Addressing a seminar on Right to Information Act (RTI) here, he said any democracy could be said be fully developed only when access to information in the public sphere was not curtailed or restricted in any way.

''The right to information lies at the very foundation of civil liberties and underscores the fact that an elected government and its actions are open to questioning and accoutable to the people who place them in power,'' the Governor said.

Mr Barnala said information enabled people to keep a tab on elected representatives and officials, who were supposed to act on their collective behalf. ''Thus, accountability and transparency are the two pillars of democracy and information to people help in strengthening these pillars.'' The governor said the right to information was a civil liberty and it brings to light the government and its actions.

Stating that creating awareness about the RTI Act and its procedures among the citizens was the need of the hour, the governor stressed the need for a change in the mindset of those who were withholding information.

''Instilling the consciousness on sharing of information as per the Act in the minds of bureaucrats and political executives is necessary'', Mr Barnala said and congratulated the Direct Taxes Regional Training Institute for organising the seminar.

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